‘Star-Telegram’ Buys Suburban Free Weekly

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By: E&P Staff

Knight Ridder’s Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram has bought The Keller Citizen, a weekly mailed free to 33,000 households in the Fort Worth suburbs, from Bill and Sandra Lewis.

No terms were disclosed in the deal, which was announced Monday by Rickenbacher Media, the Dallas-based brokerage firm that represented the sellers and initiated the transaction.

The Star-Telegram purchase solidifies its move into the burgeoning suburbs north of Fort Worth. Last year, the daily acquired the Alliance Newspaper chain, which publishes weeklies in Southlake, Roanoke, Hastlet, and three other communities.

“We think it’s a terrific acquisition because it gives us complete saturation coverage of the fast-growing and affluent markets of northeast and north Tarrant and southern Denton counties,” Star-Telegram President and Publisher Wes Turner said in a statement.

Bill and Sandra Lewis started the Citizen in 1980 as a paper with a controlled circulation of 4,000. Bill Lewis will remain with the paper as publisher.

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