Recent Sales and Closures

The following is a list of major sales, closures and acquisitions that have occurred since the publication of The New Media Baron and the Emerging Threat of News Deserts. Please let us know if we are missing something by filling out this form.


Newspaper closures increase as sales slow

The pace of newspaper closures, mergers and bankruptcies appears to be accelerating as both chains and independent newspaper owners face unrelenting economic challenges, and the largest companies shed underperforming assets.

New York Observer

New York Observer Location: New York, NY Action: Stopped Print Edition The New York Observer stopped printing its paper and dropped New York from its title. Read the article here.

Gold Nugget Publications

Gold Nugget Publications Location: Illinois Action: Sold Paddock Publications continued its growth in Southern Illinois with the acquisition of four weeklies from Gold Nugget Publications. Read the article here.

Brehm Communications & Community Media Group

Brehm Communications & Community Media Group Location: Illinois & Iowa Action: Sold Two dailies, the Daily Democrat and Daily Gate City, both in Iowa, and one weekly, the Hancock County Journal in Illinois, were sold to Community Media Group from Brehm Communications. Read the article here.

Star Local Media of 10/13 Communications

Star Local Media of 10/13 Communications Location: Dallas, TX Action: Sold S.A.W. Advisors, LLC acquired Star Local Media from 10/13 Communications. Read the article here.

LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange Daily News Location: LaGrange, GA Action: Sold Boone Newspapers Inc. acquired LaGrange (GA) Daily News from Civitas Media. Read the article here.

Princeton Daily Clarion, Mount Carmel, The Standard

Princeton Daily Clarion, Mount Carmel, The Standard Location: Indiana & Illinois Action: Sold Paxton Media Group has acquired three newspapers from Brehm Communications. Read the article here.

Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia Daily Tribune Location: Columbia, Missouri Action: Sold New Media/GateHouse acquired Columbia Daily Tribune. Read the article here.

Jones Media

Jones Media Location: Tennessee Action: Sold Jones Media sold to Adams Publishing. Read the article here.

The Daily Herald

The Daily Herald Location: Provo, UT Action: Sold Lee Enterprises sold Provo (UT) Daily Herald to Ogden Newspapers. Read the article here.

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