Parent company of Las Vegas newspaper sold

Who didn’t see this coming?

The company that operates the Las Vegas newspaper has been sold — lock, newspaper stock, barrels of ink and presses — to New Media Investment Group. Stephens Media, which operates eight daily newspapers and more than 65 weekies, sold for $102.5 million cash.

Las Vegas Review-Journal posted the press release on its website this afternoon. The press release boasted that Stephens Media publications have a combined average daily circulation of approximately 221,000 and 244,000 on Sunday. The Las Vegas newspaper alone once had a circulation approaching those numbers.

New Media is said to operate in over 370 markets across 27 states.

At 22.66, the publicly traded New Media’s stock price is nearly double its 52-week low. Stephens was privately held.

New Media has a reputation for layoffs at its newly acquired newspapers. I’m told a reliable source that New Media operates a a layout, copy-editing and graphics hub in Austin, Texas, which does all such work remotely for nearly all of its papers.

In December, Stephens family members sold Halifax Media, which was based in Florida, to New Media.

Illustration with press release announcing sale of newspaper company. (R-J photo)


6 comments on “Parent company of Las Vegas newspaper sold

  1. Steve says:

    No more oil ownership for the libs to complain about on the RJ blog.
    Moreover…Gate House is a conservative outlet HQ’d in Massachusetts.
    Wonder what the twisty’s are going to do with this one.

  2. Actually, New Media arose from the ashes of bankrupt GateHouse.

  3. Steve says:

    And Gate House remains an active part of New Media.
    The Boston Herald is the conservative alternative to the Boston Globe. I am not sure if the Herald remains a part of New Media but the papers it owns in Massachusetts are generally considered conservative.

  4. Called the LIBERTARIAN before that…woohoo

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