We Have Been Sold (to People We Know)

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The Houston Press has been sold to a new holding company -- Voice Media Group -- by its previous owner, Village Voice Media Holdings, it was announced today.

Christine Brennan, who for 19 years was executive managing editor at VVMH, will be the executive editor of the new company.

The new company, based in Denver, is buying only the 13 print and online publications as well as the national advertising arm of the company. Backpage.com, also now owned by VVMH, is not part of the buyout.

That buyout is being led by Scott Tobias, who has been VVMH's chief operating officer and will be chief executive officer of the new Voice Media Group. Jeff Mars will serve as chief financial officer; he had been VP of financial operations for VVMH.

Under the terms of the agreement, Voice Media Group will own and operate the following print publications and corresponding digital properties: Village Voice (New York), LA Weekly (Los Angeles), Westward (Denver), New Times (Phoenix), Houston Press, Dallas Observer, Riverfront Times (St. Louis), New Times (Miami), City Pages (Minneapolis), New Times (Broward), SF Weekly (San Francisco), Seattle Weekly and OC Weekly (Orange County).

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Voice Media Group will also purchase and take over VVMH's national advertising division, which will now be called VMG National. VMG National will continue to sell national advertising for more than 56 partner sites and publications, reaching more than 3 million readers across 56 metro markets each week.

"The publishing properties purchased under this agreement have always exemplified a commitment to editorial integrity -- delivering reliable and essential news and cultural coverage to their local communities," said Brennan. "Voice Media Group will champion and nurture this journalistic heritage."



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16 comments
capass7x1
capass7x1

@VillageVoice what happened to the flipbook? How can I read print editions online now?

mars444
mars444

Can you take the name Voice out of both of these names; as an ex new yorker, these publications have nothing to do with the village voice

miss_msry
miss_msry

Please tell me Margaret Downing won't be working for Willie Dean  Singleton again.  The mention of DENVER is quite frightening.

 

madogzs
madogzs

I have never ever seen the Houston Press go after Restaurants & Theaters the way they go after Gentlemens Clubs

I can only tolerate so many Dead Dancer Stories....

wynkoutloud
wynkoutloud

@brittanieshey does this mean any functional changes for @HoustonPress?

madogzs
madogzs

What???

So the Editorial Staff took over the Paper

Big deal

We'll just get the same lame copy as always

KeviKev
KeviKev

@brittanieshey So... Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Is there any new contractual obligation for Backpage to continue to run on the former VVM papers? Or can they choose to go in a new direction with their advertising now?

cepage
cepage

Glad to hear that Backpage.com is no longer part of your company.

 

Let Richard know that now he doesn't have to publish posts here every few months claiming that child sex trafficking doesn't actually exist, and that even if it does the real victims are the upstanding websites that publish child prostitution ads.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @madogzs Are there some dead waiter or dead actor stories that aren't getting told, or something? I'm confused.

kplo
kplo moderator communitymanager

 @Kylejack No obligation whatsoever. Backpage and the newspapers are going their separate ways.

madogzs
madogzs

 @flaubert  I only need about 2 Seconds to find anything Relevant in Press each week to even read

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

 @kplo How many weeks until we can expect to see Backpage gone, then?

flaubert
flaubert

 @madogzs that seems like an  endorsement to me: just two seconds, and you've found something relevant to you

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