MERIDEN – After more than a century and a half of independent, family ownership, the Record-Journal announced Monday it had reached a preliminary sales agreement with Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Under the agreement, HCMG will take ownership of all print and digital operations of RJ Media Group, including the Record-Journal, its seven weekly publications and its digital advertising agency, according to Record-Journal Publisher Liz White Notarangelo.

White Notarangelo, the fifth generation of her family to lead the Record-Journal, shared the news with employees Monday, citing Hearst’s “ongoing commitment to strong local journalism as well as a culture of innovation and serving communities.

“We feel it’s a great fit and next chapter for our family company,” White Notarangelo wrote in a column to readers Monday. 

Mike DeLuca, group publisher and president of HCMG, said he was “thrilled to welcome the Record-Journal to the Hearst Connecticut Media Group family,” while “embracing a new chapter in journalism.”