CITIZENS’ VOICE SALE APPROVED

By: Lucia Moses

Strike Paper Deal To Close May 1



Shareholders of The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., April 16 overwhelmingly approved
the sale of the paper to The Scranton (Pa.) Times, the Times announced yesterday.



The shareholders voted 29,352 to 7,151 in favor of the sale. A two-thirds vote was necessary
to approve the sale, which is expected to take effect May 1. No sales price was released.



Believed to be the nation’s oldest existing strike paper, the Voice was started 21 years ago
by striking employees of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, now owned by Knight Ridder.



Dwindling circulation and revenues prompted Voice board members to look for a buyer. Talks
with The Scranton Times began in late 1999.



The three unions that represent Voice employees voted recently to approve new contracts that
will take effect upon completion of the sale. Under the asset sale, Voice employees will be
offered jobs.



The Scranton Times is owned by Times-Shamrock Communications, a family-owned publishing and
radio company founded in 1895. With the purchase of the Voice, Times-Shamrock newspapers will
have a combined daily circulation of 103,000 in the Wilkes-Barre market.



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Lucia Moses (lmoses@editorandpublisher.com) is an associate editor for
Editor & Publisher magazine.














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