Weekly Newspapers Sold in the Second Half of 2006

By: E&P Staff

Last year marked extreme activity on the newspaper acquisition front, ignited by the sale of Knight Ridder to McClatchy followed by several major companies looking to shed papers not to mention newcomer GateHouse Media which was busy gobbling up properties. Here’s a list of weekly newspaper transactions from August through December 2006, provided by brokers before Dec. 20. Check out the January issue of E&P for a list of dailies.


ALASKA
Anchorage Press, 20,000
Seller: Nick Coltman
Buyer: Wick Communications
Broker: Mike Lindsey

CALIFORNIA
La Ganga, 20,000
Seller: Dow Jones & Co.
Buyer: Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Ramona Sentinel, 5,000
Seller: Hansen Publishing
Buyer: MainStreet Media Group
Broker: Gauger Media Service

CONNECTICUT
New Milford Spectrum, 20,000
Seller: Dow Jones & Co.
Buyer: Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

FLORIDA
FSView and Florida Flambeau
Seller: FSView Inc.
Buyer: Gannett
Broker: Media America Brokers

MASSACHUSETTS
Southcoast Life, 50,090
Seller: Journal Register Co.
Buyer: GateHouse Media
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

The Point, 10,400
Seller: Journal Register Co.
Buyer: GateHouse Media
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

N. Attleboro Free Press, 20,000
Seller: Journal Register Co.
Buyer: GateHouse Media
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

O Jornal, 14,800
Seller: Journal Register Co.
Buyer: GateHouse Media
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

El Latino Expreso, 18,500
Seller: Journal Register Co.
Buyer: GateHouse Media
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

NEW YORK
Post Newspapers, Canandaigua, 100,000
Buyer: GateHouse Media
Seller: George Ewing Jr. Family
Broker: Cribb, Greene & Associates

Cooperstown Crier, 1,800
Seller: Dow Jones & Co.
Buyer: Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

NORTH CAROLINA
Anson Record, 4,948
Seller: Community Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Heartland Publications
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

OREGON
Cannon Beach Gazette, circ not listed
Seller: TCM Publishing
Buyer: Northwestern Country Media
Broker: Gauger Media Service

Coquille Valley Sentinel, 2,500
Seller: Mike and Anna Chavez
Buyer: Beacon Communications
Broker: W.B. Grimes & Co.

Port Orford News, 1,241
Seller: WillowSong Hall and Matt Hall
Buyer: Eric Jonsson
Broker: W.B. Grimes & Co.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Cheraw Chronicle, 6,350
Seller: Community Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Heartland Publications
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

TENNESSEE
Humboldt Chronicle, 3,186
Seller: InfoStructure News Media Inc.
Buyer: American Hometown Publishing Inc.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Tri-City Reporter, 1,985
Seller: InfoStructure News Media Inc.
Buyer: American Hometown Publishing Inc.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Trenton Gazette, 2,811
Seller: InfoStructure News Media Inc.
Buyer: American Hometown Publishing Inc.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

TEXAS
Anna-Melissa Tribune, 1,800
Buyer: Stephens Media Group
Seller: Cain Communications
Broker: Rickenbacher Media

Morton Tribune, 1,200
Seller: Chris Woolham
Buyer: Jeff Jordan
Broker: W.B. Grimes & Co.

The Prosper Press, 4,600
Buyer: Stephens Media Group
Seller: Cain Communications
Broker: Rickenbacher Media

Van Alstyne Leader, 2,200
Buyer: Stephens Media Group
Seller: Cain Communications
Broker: Rickenbacher Media


WASHINGTON
Mercer Island Reporter, 4,500
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Snoqualmie Valley Record, 3,900
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Snoqualmie Valley Living, 13,500
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Auburn Reporter, 28,000
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Bellevue Reporter, 30,000
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Covington/Maple Valley Reporter, 28,000
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Kenmore/Bothell Reporter, 28,000
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Kent Reporter, 32,000
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

Redmond Reporter, 28,000
Seller: Horvitz Newspapers Inc.
Buyer: Black Press Ltd.
Broker: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray

WYOMING
Pinedale Roundup, 4,000
Seller: Robert Shaul
Buyer: NewsMedia Corp.
Broker: Mike Lindsey

Sublette County Examiner, 2,500
Seller: Robert Shaul
Buyer: NewsMedia Corp.
Broker: Mike Lindsey

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