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Sun Media Group Buys City Paper

February 20, 2014
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1911739_10152228831404598_1737403214_nThe Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) announced today that it will purchase the City Paper from Times-Shamrock Communications. City Paper‘s operations will move to the Baltimore Sun offices at 501 N. Calvert St., but City Paper‘s editorial and sales teams will remain independent from the Sun. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“This represents a great opportunity to add another successful media property to our portfolio,” BSMG CEO Tim Ryan said in a press release announcing the deal. “This acquisition will allow us to build upon the existing success of the City Paper. We want the paper to remain a valued alternative, independent voice in Baltimore. That’s what made it attractive to us—it’s adding a unique population of readers to our overall audience.”

Jennifer Marsh will be City Paper‘s new general manager. Marsh previously worked at City Paper for more than 20 years and was publisher from 2011 to 2013, before resigning and joining the BSMG as Niche Products Director.

The ownership will officially transfer on March 12th, beginning with City Paper issue number 11.

 

  • TomKiefaber

    Good Lord, what hath God wrought? Journalistic Marshal Law is coming over the horizon in Smalltimore. Time to migrate. :-(

  • Jan Caughlan

    Say it isn’t so! If it has to happen, it would be better if the City Paper took over the Sun! That way we stand a chance for the “main” newpaper to have some real teeth!

  • TomKiefaber

    I’m hearing this purchase is approved by the bankruptcy court to add value., for packaging a combined sale along with all the other Sun Group assets, and that the Kochs remain interested in coming into Maryland. So in March they will slash and burn and try to smash up the operations with diametrically opposed corporate culture. Apart from what anyone thinks of City Paper, it’s gonna be bloody disaster for the conquered and absorbed, always is, no matter what the suits say.

    I frankly hope the Kochs do move to buy the whole shebang, as could be the best thing that ever happened to us in MD. The Sun group is still part of a bankrupt organization and packaging assets is intended to make it more attractive to the Koch bros. and other candidates to buy. The brothers may like to see City Paper’s significant legacy of I-800-blow-me revenue stream that’s reportedly rock steady income. :-O

    I’m no conservative, yet I pray they do, they are JUST WHAT WE NEED, really, in this fix we’re is with our appalling elected officials. I’ve met with the federal prosecutors twice re: our crushing level of Maryland Machine political corruption. They say were too far gone, particularly Baltimore City and that we’ll eventually be Detroit. and they stressed to me that they are not the cavalry, they are not coming..

    In that light, from my perspective, I see the Kochs as perhaps the nasty journalistic mongoose we need to let loose on these corrupt cobras, and their notoriously corrupt stranglehold on our city and state government, destroying everything they touch. They have total control, and look what’s happened. The Kochs may be the junkyard dogs we need, perhaps our only hope of getting out from under the machine in MD.

    If that mercifully happens, and then the predators get out of hand, we’ll deal with that at that juncture.

  • http://jupitaur.wordpress.com/ jupitaur

    Tribune is no longer in bankruptcy, so bankruptcy courts would have nothing to say about any purchases by the Sun.

  • TomKiefaber

    Thanks, that’s hearsay for ya. Regardless, The Sun media Group is on the market and being packaged to be sold, not redeveloped with the professional dross left in the building and I have a candle lit for the Kochs for the reasons noted.

  • TomKiefaber

    So Jen Marsh I see is slithering though this transaction on both sides of the table. There’s a story there, I suppose, one of many we’ll never see in print. :-)

  • TomKiefaber

    Both publications are being combined and packaged for re-sale. Please stay tuned. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=1118134806 Doc_S

    I, for one, welcome our new inoffensive, political-mouthpiece overlords.

    Call us in 6 months when you’re “b” version 2.0 and posting buzzfeed lists.

  • JM Brodie

    So they finally did it. A very sad day for those of us who toiled in the halls of Baltimore’s finest publication. Truly, this is the end of an era…

  • JM Brodie

    Nothing good is going to come of this. If it is the Kochs… well, how do you like what Murdoch has done?

  • Barnadine_the_Pirate

    So long, it’s been good to know ya. Zero chance that the CP emerges from this as anything any human being would voluntarily read. It will merge with b and become semi-literate pap.

    In the words of Chuck Heston, “You maniacs! You blew it up! Oh, damn you! God damn you all to Hell!”

  • TomKiefaber

    This transaction is all about adding value for
    an upcoming package sale with all the other Sun Group assets, & I’m
    hearing that the Kochs remain interested in coming into MD. In March
    the current Sun brass will slash & burn, attempting a mash-up with two diametrically opposed corporate cultures. It’s gonna be a bloody mess.

    I hope the Kochs do move to buy the whole Sun group shebang. It could
    be the best thing that ever happened to us here in MD. The Sun group
    remains a dismal, understaffed, hollowed-out shell & by packaging
    these local assets it becomes more synergistic, one-stop shop, and an
    attractive buy for those looking to dominate this market. I’m also sure
    Kochs by reputation will appreciate the City Paper’s steady legacy of
    I-800-blow-me revenue as well.

    I’m no conservative, yet
    perhaps they’re just the muscle we need in this fix with our appalling
    array of elected officials. I’ve met with federal prosecutors twice re:
    MD’s crushing, dysfunctional machine-based corruption. They claim we’re
    too far gone, particularly Baltimore slouching towards Detroit. And
    stressed they’re not the cavalry, & not coming to our rescue with
    RICCO prosecutions.

    I see the Kochs as our nasty journalistic
    mongoose let loose on these corrupt cobras & their notorious
    stranglehold on our city & state govt.,destroying everything they
    touch. They’ve total control, & look what’s happened.If the Sun
    group predators later get out of hand, we’ll cope & respond at that
    juncture.

  • JM Brodie

    With all due respect, my friend, if that is what you see in the Kochs, you are misled. Baltimore’s issues will not be fixed by bringing in the um, White Knights, to save the day.
    I think you understand my meaning.

  • JM Brodie

    Sorry, Pirate. I like MacLeod. I have much respect and regard for him. Your “joke” is not remotely amusing.

  • TomKiefaber

    If by “your meaning”, you’re referring to the racial innuendo, yes I get it, Hon, but I don’t agree. First up, the day the Kochs stroke the check they’re here, and bringing them in has nothing to do with it. We’re only the pawns in this corporatist political game, with zero say in the matter, at all.

    So, in addition to the over-the-top demonetization of the Kochs, are we to add *racists* to the long list of blue state slurs? Not so much. The Kochs could be just what we need right now in the notoriously corrupt Machine State of Maryland.

    We don’t need to be politically aligned with mongoose for them to track and kill the venomous political cobras poisoning Maryland at every level… it’s just what they do, naturally. :-)

  • TomKiefaber

    Some of us feel that CP’s golden era ended at a party up on Federal Hill, back-in-the-day, when Alan and Russ sold CP to Shamrock. The rest was just a long, strange, slow and relentless downhill slide to the drainage grates.

  • TomKiefaber

    Ya got that right. ;-)

  • TomKiefaber

    Oh yes it is, dear. Don’t get those panties wadded all up in it.. :-)

  • JM Brodie

    From Huffington Post:

    Here’s a fun way to do business: the Baltimore Sun just bought a local weekly, and then reportedly told everyone who worked there that it was firing them. The catch: they might get their jobs back, but they had to reapply.

    Charming!

    The exact number of layoffs ahead at the Baltimore City Paper, the alt-weekly purchased by the Sun, is still unconfirmed, but sources told Jim Romenesko that as many as 50 percent of staffers would not be rehired.

    The Baltimore Sun Media Group announced the acquisition on Thursday.

    “This acquisition will allow us to build upon the existing success of the City Paper,” Baltimore Sun CEO Tim Ryan said in a press release. “We want the paper to remain a valued alternative, independent voice in Baltimore.”

    The newspaper was one of two remaining papers in Baltimore. Gawker’s Tom Scocca acidly opined Friday that Baltimore is now “one step closer to being a zero-newspaper town.”

  • JM Brodie

    Hang onto that thought, Tom. It will be your/our undoing…

  • JM Brodie

    Tom, you have already betrayed your rooting interest here. And my panties are doing just fine, thank you…

  • JM Brodie

    Wow, something you and I can agree on. Might be hope for you after all, my friend… :-)
    Markowitz leaving was also a big loss, IMO.

  • TomKiefaber

    Dag, our second point of agreement. Who knew?

  • TomKiefaber

    Glad to know that, JM Brodie, I was getting concerned ;-). *Betrayed my rooting interest*, however? Nah, that’s way too subtle, an attribute that was never in my kit bag. I’m sky-writing my rooting interests, and for the reasons outlined, not because because I vote in synch with those two rich bastards.

  • TomKiefaber

    Amidst all the silly hand wringing, wailing and rending of cloth this announcement has triggered, particularly about CP “investigative” acumen, there is a disconnect chasm to be noted. Van Smith (the guru) and lesser lights CP have skillfully cranked out damning, well-researched, shocking!! exposes, yet what has changed as a result?

    Remind me, if need be, of how their inspired, professional level investigative work changed anything in dysfunctional Smalltimore or the State of Maryland.

    From my perspective, it was mostly a depressing waste of talent and resources for decades now, and our infamous status quo to date remains seemingly invincible as our shameless kleptocracy cranks on with relative impunity.

    So despite a well-deserved, CP *A for sustained effort*, what was accomplished, what changed? Who got fired, what criminals were brought down from high-elected office as a result? And alas, the same lame result applies to Mark Ruetter of The Brew, the online news blog.

    Our local “investigative” media find nd highlight near weekly gold nuggets of crime and corruption strewn across on the surface of this odd berg, and to their credit, they dutifully report them. The vile beat, however, goes on and on with nary a hitch in their gitalong. CP, The Brew, the execrable Sunpaper, they’ve all become neutered house-pets, privately (and at times, publicly) ridiculed by our deeply embedded criminal ruling elite, as B’more slouches towards Detroit.

    It’s not working and hasn’t even dented the problems imploding our city and state, and so why all the pissing and moaning over this latest debacle? What we need is badder, motivated, well-funded journalistic gang-bangers to parachute in to our rescue, because the fed are not coming, and the flood waters of governmental theft and malfeasance have risen to our nostrils.

    We need the Kochs ito kick-ass in machine-dominated Maryland, Obiwan, it may be our only hope.

  • TomKiefaber

    The Sun conquerors firing everyone at CP? Not so much. One
    person they won’t be firing is whoever oversees the steady 1-800 BLOW
    ME ad revenue from CP, which constitutes half the publication. ;-)

  • TomKiefaber

    So are you related to the infamous *MJ Brodie*, the dark side of the Brodie force?

  • JM Brodie

    Nah, just a friendly neighborhood Brodie….

  • JM Brodie

    Dude, we better be careful. Folks will think we like, um, like each other or are on the same page, or something… :-)

  • JM Brodie

    Tom, you are okay with me. You can take as good as you give. Much respect, man…

  • JM Brodie

    You know, Tom, if I shared your optimism, I’d still be picking cotton… :-)

  • JM Brodie

    Truth

  • Barnadine_the_Pirate

    He’s a disgrace to literacy. CP used to have readable columnists, and MacLeod. Now they have just have unreadable columnists. He may be a wonderful human being, but he sucks as a writer.

  • Mike Z

    I hope one day I can grow up to be an absolute ass like some people on here.

  • TomKiefaber

    Nah, you think that now Mike, yet when you actually do grow up you’ll mature and realize that name-calling others after your ass makes you one. And trust me, being a grownup isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so to speak. :-)

  • JM Brodie

    :-)

  • JM Brodie

    or AGREE with too…
    I hate my keyboard…

  • BPE

    For those who will get laid off by The Sun – please feel free to contact the Baltimore Post-Examiner – the only true alternative online newspaper left in the city. We’d be happy to have you join us.