3 Alaska papers again sold to new owners
A trio of newspapers serving Alaska’s capital and the Kenai Peninsula now have their third owner in less than a year, after being bought from a nationwide media firm by a Washington-based media company.
A Juneau Empire story said staff were informed at 11 a.m. Wednesday that Everett, Wash.-based Sound Publishing had bought the Empire, the Homer News and the Peninsula Clarion from New York’s GateHouse Media. GateHouse had bought the newspapers in August from Morris Communications, which was moving to refocus its business on “lifestyle and niche publications” among other areas of business.
Sound’s website describes the firm as “the largest community media organization in Washington state,” owning 47 newspapers with a combined circulation of about 600,000 people. The company is a subsidiary of Black Press, a Canadian company which owns 150 publications including the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the San Francisco Examiner.
According to the Peninsula Clarion story on the acquisition, Black Press President and CEO Rick O’Connor said the papers “will complement our publishing groups in Washington state and British Columbia.”
Sound officials weren’t immediately available for comment on the sale.
The news comes after a tumultuous year for Alaska newspapers, headlined by the bankruptcy and sale of the state’s largest paper – the Alaska Dispatch News in Anchorage. The paper has reclaimed its previous name, the Anchorage Daily News, and is now operated by the Fairbanks-based Binkley Company.
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