Schurz Communications Inc. Buys ‘Winchester (Ky.) Sun’

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By: E&P Staff

Schurz Communications Inc. has acquired the Winchester Sun, a 7,000-circulation newspaper serving Winchester, Ky. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based in in South Bend, Ind., Schurz Communications is a privately held, diversified media company that owns and operates newspapers, television stations, radio stations, and cable systems in 11 states.

The Sun, founded in 1878 and owned by the Tatman family since 1936, becomes the fourth newspaper property owned by Schurz in the Lexington, Ky., area. Schurz also operates the Danville Advocate-Messenger and two weekly newspapers: the Jessamine Journal, and the Interior Journal.

James Kroemer has been appointed as the Sun’s assistant publisher. Betty Berryman will remain at the Sun as publisher.

“The Winchester Sun is a great local newspaper,” Charles V. Pittman, Schurz senior vice president of newspapers, said in a statement. “We hope to make it an even better newspaper by increasing local news content, improving circulation marketing and service and creating even stronger relationships with the Sun’s advertising customers.”

The Sun’s Publisher, Betty J. Berryman, stated that among its prospective buyers, Schurz was their first choice: “We sought them out because of their strong reputation in the newspaper industry. The Sun and the Sun’s readers will be in good hands.”

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