First it was Gannet, but now it appears Hearst will purchase the Advocate and Greenwich Time. MediaNews Group will manage the newspapers, and Tribune will sell its real estate in a separate deal.
Gannet’s bid never went through because they were ordered to accept an existing union contract.
Dean Singleton was also in Stamford this week to speak with the staff.
This deal is especially interesting because the joint media group also owns the Connecticut Post, which coverage areas marches up to the Westport border. The Post also has several weekly papers in Fairfield County, including ones in the same market as the Advocate.
The Advocate, meanwhile, covers most of lower Fairfield County. During my tenure in Westport that spanned seven years with The Hour and WestportNow, the Advocate never vigorously covered my beat.
That’s changed since I left, however. I heard through the grapevine The Hour dropped its daily Westport coverage — which somewhat bothers me since I worked so hard to make the paper respectable again in Westport — and The Advocate is in town daily.
So now there’s one media company that essentially covers the entire southwest shoreline of Connecticut between The Advocate and The Connecticut Post. It’ll be an interesting time for my old haunt, The Hour, which is caught in the middle of the two newspapers.
Will The Hour be able to battle against a giant media company? We shall see.