Saturday, November 20, 2004

Gannett buys Community Press

The parent company of the Enquirer is buying the Community Press, and 25 other local newspapers.

No plans have been announced as to any changes, but one can assume that eventually some consolidation would take place.

This is yet another sorry chapter in the story of Media consolidation. We will not have few news sources in this town. I am not a regular reader of the Community Press and it market is slightly different than the Enquirer, but it will surely be synergized to fit marketing models and independence will be crushed.

The only possible positive for this from the consumer's point of view is that the Enquirer could stop focusing as much column spaces to the Real News, Real Crap plan they have been working on for a couple of years. That plan created a reactive newspaper giving people the news they wanted to hear, instead of what actually is happening in the city.

Finally, will the Community Press's Printing Press location be sold eventually or maintained?

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