(AP) The Daily Hampshire Gazette, the oldest continually published newspaper in Massachusetts, is being sold to the Concord, N.H.-based Newspapers of New England.
The sale was announced Tuesday by Gazette publisher Peter DeRose, whose family has owned the newspaper since 1929. The purchase price was not disclosed.
The transaction, which is expected to be completed by January, also includes the sale of the weekly Amherst Bulletin, the Gazette’s smaller sister paper.
The privately owned Newspapers of New England publishes the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. It also owns the Recorder in Greenfield, located about 20 miles north of the Gazette’s Northampton newsroom. NNE also publishes another daily and one weekly newspaper in New Hampshire.
“I am looking forward to working closely with this group of community-oriented newspapers which we have long respected,” DeRose said in a news release.” Combining our resources with theirs will help the Gazette and the Bulletin to continue improving services to both print and online readers and to our advertisers.”
DeRose will continue as publisher of the newspapers. The editors, managers and staffs of the Gazette and Bulletin will also remain, he said.
“I am especially pleased that Peter has agreed to remain in his current position,” said Tom Brown, NNE’s president and CEO. “The talented staffs of the Gazette and Bulletin are among the main attractions of this purchase.”
The Gazette, which has a weekday circulation of 18,243 and 19,778 on weekends, was first published on Sept. 6, 1786. The paper has reported on every American presidency and concentrates its local news on the towns in Hampshire County. The 36-year-old Amherst Bulletin, which has a weekly circulation of 14,000, covers Amherst, Hadley and nearby towns.
NNE also publishes the Valley News, serving Lebanon and Hanover, N.H., and White River Junction, Vt. The fourth NNE newspaper is the weekly Monadnock Ledger, serving 16 towns in southern New Hampshire.
“Our vision is that the Bulletin, Gazette and Recorder will remain fixtures in their communities for at least the next hundred years or so as they have been in the past,” Brown said.