Black Press, the owner of The NEWS, has acquired a number of newspaper titles and related publications and digital properties from Glacier Media, including the Parksville-based Oceanside Star.
Other papers purchased include: The Nanaimo Daily News, The Harbour City Star, The Alberni Valley Times, The Cowichan Citizen, Tofino/Ucluelet Westerly News, The Comox Valley Echo and Campbell River Courier on Vancouver Island as well as Surrey Now, Langley Advance and Maple Ridge Times in the Lower Mainland.
Black Press will take over operations in Courtenay-Comox, Ucluelet/Tofino and at the Oceanside Star on Jan. 1 and the remainder of the publications and their websites on March 2, 2015, according to a news release from Black Press.
In a separate transaction, Black Press is also selling the Tri-City News, Burnaby New West Newsleader and the Richmond Review to Glacier Media. They will assume operational control of these operations on March 2nd, 2015 as well.
“While we are pleased with the acquisitions, we are disappointed to be selling these excellent community newspapers,” said Black Press president and CEO Rick O’Connor. “We believe in the value our Black Press colleagues at these newspapers have created and the many long time staff members will be missed. However, as we move through these changing times in media, it is important that we align our strategic interests to better position the company for the future. We are great believers in community newspapers and the value they provide. With these changes, we believe readers and advertisers will be better served and the company will be stronger moving forward.”
— NEWS Staff/Black Press news release