TRUMBULL: Hearst the publishing giant that owns the CT Post and New Haven Register has just gotten even bigger in Connecticut with the acquisition of seven southern Connecticut weekly newspapers.
The purchase from Hersam Acorn Newspapers, LLC in Fairfield County, includes the print and digital assets of The Ridgefield Press, The Wilton Bulletin, New Canaan Advertisers, The Darien Times, The Shelton Herald, The Trumbull Times and The Milford Mirror.
In addition to the Post and New Haven Register, Hearst Connecticut Media Group includes eight daily newspapers includes, Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate and The Norwalk Hour, Middletown Press, Danbury News Times, The [Torrington] Register Citizen and twenty other weekly newspapers including the Shoreline Times, Darien News, Fairfield Citizen, New Canaan News, The Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Westport News and Connecticut Magazine.
Hearst is a leading global, diversified media, information and services company it includes ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; 31 television stations combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers. Its other US newspapers include the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, and more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Men’s Health and Car and Driver.
Prior to the acquisition Hearst said it employed more than 200 reporters across the state.
Hearst Newspapers President Jeff Johnson said “as Hearst looks to grow its news brands and coverage across Connecticut to reach some of the most desirable consumers and decision-makers in the nation, these successful weeklies are an excellent fit,” Johnson added, “the acquisition will only strengthen the journalism and services we can offer readers and advertisers in the region.”
Paul Barbetta, group publisher and president, Hearst Connecticut Media Group and senior vice president, circulation for Hearst Newspapers, will oversee the business and news operations for the new brands. “Hearst Connecticut Media Group is committed to delivering the highest standard of reporting across local communities in our state,” he said.
On October 15, Hearst Newspapers announced that Matt DeRienzo former publisher of the New Haven Register and executive editor of Digital First in Connecticut was named vice president of news and digital content at Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Hersam says it will now focus on its Trumbull Printing operation, “TPI has grown to become the centerpiece of the business mix of our companies and our intention is follow that path into the future. Our goal is to continue to grow as a full service provider to the publishing industry in the Northeast,” said Martin V. Hersam, CEO of Trumbull Printing.
Trumbull Printing operates out of a 60,000-square-foot facility in Trumbull, Hersam said it will continue to be independently owned and operated. Gustave C. Semon will continue as Vice President and General Manager of TPI.