Ottaway Newspapers to Acquire Spanish-language Weekly in California

By: E&P Staff

Ottaway Newspapers Inc. announced its plans today to purchase La Ganga, a free Spanish-language weekly based in Watsonville, Calif.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

John N. Wilcox, Ottaway President and COO, said in a statement that the move will help the media group reach a burgeoning Latino community in and around Santa Cruz, Calif. Other Ottaway newspapers in California include The Record in Stockton and the Sentinel in Santa Cruz, which has recently expanded its operations in Watsonville.

Connie Mesa Williams, La Ganga’s founding publisher, will stay on as publisher for the lifestyle-focused publication that currently distributes 20,000 copies a week.

Ottaway Newspapers, the community media subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, publishes 15 daily newspapers, 19 weeklies and numerous specialty publications and Web sites in nine states.

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