The media company said it earned $104.6 million, or 44 cents per share, in the January-March period. That was up from $68.2 million, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue grew 1.6 percent to $1.24 billion from $1.22 billion.
Excluding one-time items, mainly consisting of the tax benefit, Gannett earned $86 million, or 37 cents per share, in the quarter. The comparable figures a year ago were $80.8 million or 34 cents per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 35 cents per share on revenue of $1.24 billion, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet.
Gannett, based in McLean, Virginia, has instituted a number changes recently aimed at boosting revenue. It began charging readers for online access to news content last year by erecting so-called paywalls at most of its newspapers, although not at USA Today. At the same time, the company raised prices of single-copy newspapers and print subscriptions.
The new subscription model is helping to balance a continued decline in advertising. Revenue in the publishing division fell just 0.3 percent to $871.2 million from the same period a year ago.
Broadcasting revenue rose 8.7 percent to $191.6 million, helped by increased retransmission fees from cable and satellite companies.
Digital revenue grew 3.9 percent to $174.9 million, mainly due to growth at job-seeking site CareerBuilder.
Gannett's stock fell 4 percent, or 74 cents, to $20.29 in afternoon trading.