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NYT’S REGIONAL MEDIA GROUP SOLD
The New York Times Company has sold its Regional Media Group, consisting of
16 regional newspapers, other print publications and related businesses, to Halifax
Media Holdings LLC for $143 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments.
“These news organizations have served as trusted institutions in their com-
munities, delivering news and information that matter most to their readers,” said
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company. “The sale of our
Regional Media Group will enable The New York Times Company to continue our
transformation to a digitally-focused, multiplatform media company.”
“The purchase of the Regional Media Group reflects Halifax Media’s belief
that a good newspaper is an essential part of any vibrant community. The strong
local news coverage these papers provide represents not only an important
community service, but, in our eyes, a good investment,” said Michael Redding,
CEO of Halifax Media.
CURLEY LEAVING AP
Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated
Press since 2003, will step down this year and the search
for a successor has been launched by the AP Board of
Curley, who turns 64 this year, charted AP’s move into
the digital space, from overseeing creation of a digital
database of all AP content to assuring its availability on
every platform in every format. All the while, he insisted
on maintaining the values of accuracy and trust that
have been a hallmark of AP since its founding in 1846.
It is these news values, he said, that distinguish AP from
other agencies and assure its future.
FREEDOM COMMUNICATIONS SELLS SEYMOUR
(IN) TRIBUNE TO HOME NEwS ENTERPRISES
Freedom Communications has sold The Tribune, a 6,800-circulation commu-
nity newspaper in Seymour, IN, to Home News Enterprises LLC, a family-owned
publisher of five other newspapers throughout Indiana with headquarters in
“We have had a great partnership with Freedom through our printing of the
Tribune in our Columbus plant,” said Jeff Brown, CEO of Home News Enterprises.
The association has been through a
number of changes over the past sev-
eral months: The launch of a new sales
certification program for sales reps; the
launch of a new innovation alliance
and of course our name change.
There hasn’t been the usual lull you
see in December and January – we are
still moving quickly without pause. And
during uneven economic times that is
a positive sign.
As we move into February we look
forward to our Mega Conference in
conjunction with Inland Press and
Southern Newspaper Publishers
Association (SNPA). We hope to see
many of you on site as this conference
will be the industry conference of the
year. Last year nearly 500 attendees
convened in St. Petersburg, Florida. We
expect another powerhouse conference
make sure you visit the conference
website for more information: www.
San Antonio is also the perfect
place to learn more about Local Media
Association initiatives. I will be on site
and will be available to meet with any
of you who are interested in learning
more about these programs.
The Local Media Innovation Alliance
(LMIA) – This new alliance was cre-
ated by the association’s Foundation
to provide a deep dive into particular
topics with monthly innovative reports
and corresponding webinars. Our first
report “The Local Digital Ad Agency”
was released in late December and the
first webinar took place last month. A
lot of great information can be found in
this case study report including profiles
of vendors of the companies featured
in the report. Membership rates are
based on company size/locations.
Sales Certification – Local Media
Association has consulted with some
of the leading media companies in
America and together with Borrell
Associates, a leader in Media Research
and Kevin McCrudden of Motivate
America have created a data driven,
webinar based media sales certifica-
Each course consists of eight to ten
30 to 45 minute webinar training ses-
sions that address our membership’s
concern for short training periods
and also coincide with adult learning
acceptance and focus.
After each course there is an auto-
mated “test” to confirm retention of the
materials covered at each level.
A “Passing Grade” of 90% is required
for certification. Those that score under
90% are required retake the test.
The Webinar programs are “self
directed” and can be taken at home or
in the office at your staff ’s own pace.
An introductory discount is avail-
able for companies who sign up at
Contact me at 804.262.3341 or email
more information and your personal
appointment in San Antonio.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray
NEW YORK TIMES CO.
HAS SOLD ITS
HALIFAX MEDIA HOLDINGS
We are pleased to have represented Halifax Media Holdings
in this transaction.
REGIONAL MEDIA GROUP
14 daily newspapers, 2 weeklies
and affiliated publications and websites
433,250 daily circulation
Santa Fe, NM t: 505.820.2700 f: 505.820.2900
Advertising & Membership
LMIA and Sales Certification in San Antonio
“ The Seymour and Columbus markets are contiguous so this is a logical growth
step for us.”
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm in Santa
Fe, New Mexico, represented Home News Enterprises in the transaction.
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