New England Newspapers Buys Free Vt. Weekly

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By: E&P Staff

New England Newspapers Inc., part of the Denver-based MediaNewsGroup, has inked a deal to buy the Original Vermont Observer. The purchase includes the newspaper’s subsidiary publications and Web sites.

The Observer, a free weekly, is based in Jamaica and covers southern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire. It is distributed on Wednesdays and has a circulation of 12,259, of which 9,423 copies are subscriptions.

New England Newspapers owns several New England newspapers, including the Brattlesboro Reformer.

Martin C. Langeveld, vice president of New England Newspapers and publisher of the North Adams (Mass.) Transcript, said that the change of ownership, expected to take effect June 30, would not alter the Observer’s distribution.

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