Daily Newspaper Sales, Jan.-June 2005

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The first half of 2005 has been a lucrative one for newspaper deals. Transactions totaled $3.3 billion so far in 2005, according to the Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc.; Lee’s acquisition of Pulitzer accounted for a large chunk of that amount ($1.4 billion). Rickenbacher media brokered the sale of eight weeklies, W.B. Grimes & Co. brokered seven deals for weeklies, and Cribb & Assoc. brokered the sale of five weeklies. Here is a list of the dailies that have changed hands so far this year. For a full list including the weeklies sold, visit E&P Online.



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ARKANSAS
The Daily World, Helena, 2,580
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group,LLC

The Stuttgart Daily Leader, 2,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

CALIFORNIA
The Daily Midway Driller, 4,900
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Siskiyou Daily News, 5,500
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

ILLINOIS
The Daily Clay County Advocate-Press, 3,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Macomb Journal, 7,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Marion Daily Republican, 3,900
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Daily Register, Harrisburg, 4,500
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Journal-Standard, Freeport, 13,900
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Daily Leader, Pontiac, 4,700
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Pekin Daily Times, 10,700
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Eldorado Daily Journal, 1,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Daily Review Atlas, Monmouth, 3,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC
The Daily American, West Frankfort, 3,500
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Daily Ledger, West Frankfort, 5,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Carmi Times, 2,700
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Star-Courier, Kewanee, 4,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Benton Evening News, 3,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Olney Daily Mail, 4,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Du Quoin Evening Call, 3,600
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

IOWA
Charles City Press, 2,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

KANSAS
The El Dorado Times, 3,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Derby Reporter, 1,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Kansas City Kansan, 8,000
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Augusta Daily Gazette, 2,200
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Pratt Tribune, 2,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Leavenworth Times, 6,500
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

McPherson Sentinel, 4,200
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Wellington Daily News, 3,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

LOUISIANA
Bastrop Daily Enterprise, 5,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Leesville Daily Leader, 3,700
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Southwest Daily News, Sulphur, 4,600
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC
Beauregard Daily News, 7,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

MICHIGAN
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, 13,500
Seller: HomeTown Communications Network Inc.
Buyer: Gannett Co. Inc.

Sturgis Journal, 6,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Cheboygan Daily Tribune, 4,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Evening News, Sault Ste. Marie, 6,700
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Daily Telegram, Adrian, 15,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Coldwater Daily Reporter, 5,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Sentinel-Standard, Ionia, 2,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

MINNESOTA
Crookston Daily Times, 1,700
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

MISSOURI
Kirksville Daily Express, 4,600
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Mexico Ledger, 9,000
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Neosho Daily News, 3,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Boonville Daily News, 3,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Lake Sun Leader, Camdenton, 4,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Carthage Press, 3,500
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Moberly Monitor-Index & Democrat, 5,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Macon Chronicle-Herald, 2,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Maryville Daily Forum, 3,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Constitution-Tribune, Chillicothe, 3,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC
Linn County Leader, 2,600
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Daily Guide, Waynesville, 1,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Rolla Daily News, 4,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

NEW YORK
The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, 6,000
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Evening Tribune, Hornell, 6,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Evening Times, Little Falls, 4,300
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Wellsville Daily Reporter, Spectator, 3,500
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Palladium-Times, Oswego-Fulton, 7,581
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Leader, Corning, 13,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

NORTH DAKOTA
Devils Lake Journal, 3,800
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

PENNSYLVANIA
The Wayne Independent, Honesdale, 4,200
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Morning Times, Sayre-Athens, 6,100
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

Milton Standard-Journal, 3,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

The Record Herald, Waynesboro, 1,400
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC

WEST VIRGINIA
Williamson Daily News, 8,200
Seller: Mid-South Management Co. Inc.
Buyer: Heartland Publications, LLC

Mineral Daily News Tribune, Keyser, 3,900
Seller: Liberty Group Publishing Inc.
Buyer: Fortress Investment Group, LLC



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