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Other Newspapers Sold in the Past 10 Years

In the wake of the big “Post” news this week, a look at other recent sales.
Infographic by Melanie Bender

The sale of the
Washington Post to Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos may have been the big local media story of the
week—but it wasn’t the only one. Two days before, the New York Times Company sold
the
Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry for $70 million—slightly less than 4 percent of what
it bought the paper for originally. In light of these shifts, we take a look back
at some other newspapers that have been sold in the past ten years.

2013

August

Boston Globe: Sold to Red Sox owner John Henry for $70 million

July

Press of Atlantic City: Sold to Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group

February

Everett Daily Herald: Sold to Sound Publishing, which is owned by Canada’s Black Press

Tulsa World: Sold to BH Media Group

January

Greensboro News & Record: Sold to BH Media Group for slightly less than $30 million

Seattle Weekly: Sold to Sound Publishing

San Francisco Weekly: Sold to the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which also owns the
San Francisco Examiner and the
San Francisco Bay Guardian

2012

October

Tampa Tribune: Sold to Tampa Media Group for $9.5
million

June

Orange County Register (June): Sold, along with six smaller daily newspapers, to the 2100 Trust (which unsuccessfully
attempted to buy the
Boston Globe in 2011)

April

Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes the
Philadelphia Inquirer, the
Daily News, and Philly.com: Sold to a group of area business leaders that included George E.
Norcross III, Lewis Katz, and Joseph Buckelew for $55 million

2011

December

Sun-Times Media Holdings, which includes the
Chicago Sun-Times and several smaller regional newspapers: Sold to Wrapports

November

San Francisco Chronicle: Sold to Black Press Group

2010

November

Washington Times: Sold by the paper’s owner to his father, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who founded the
paper, and a group of the paper’s fired executives for $1

2008

May

Newsday: Sold to Cablevision for $650 million

2007

August

Dow Jones & Company, which owns the
Wall Street Journal: Sold to News Corporation for $5.6 billion

2005

August

Detroit Free Press: Sold to Gannett

Douglas Bair, Stanley Kay, Marina Lamanna, Kelsey Lindsey, and Rebecca
Nelson contributed to reporting this story.

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