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Telegram & Gazette sold to GateHouse parent firm

Halifax Media Group, owner of the Telegram & Gazette and 35 other newspapers and affiliated web sites, has agreed to be acquired by New Media Investment Group Inc., the parent company of GateHouse Media LLC.

New Media, a publicly traded company, said it will pay $280 million in cash for Halifax, subject to adjustments. The deal is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2015.

It is the third time in 16 months the Telegram & Gazette has been purchased. Boston billionaire John W. Henry bought the T&G from the New York Times Co. in August 2013 as part of a $70 million deal that included The Boston Globe.

N.H.'s Foster’s daily joining Portsmouth Herald group

Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Portsmouth Herald, longtime newspaper rivals, will become part of the same company, under the terms of a deal announced this week.

New Media Investment Group is the parent company of both the Herald’s owner, Seacoast Media Group, and Gatehouse Media, publisher of the Wicked Local network of websites and their affiliated newspapers in Eastern Massachusetts. New Media announced it has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Foster’s Daily Democrat, affiliated community newspapers and Eastern Marketing Services.

John Tabor, Seacoast Media Group president and publisher, will expand his responsibilities to become publisher of the Foster’s publications and affiliated businesses.

Users of Tout videos tout their added value to stories

In March, Samantha Allen, then a reporter with The Sun of Lowell, Mass., arrived at Brian Road in Chelmsford, Mass., the lone journalist at a scene filled with fire engines. She had received reports of heavy flooding in the area, and was told by one of the firefighters that a sinkhole had opened ...

 

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