Media Moves

Former owner of Fort Worth business weekly repurchases paper

November 1, 2010

Richard Conner, who owned the Fort Worth Business Press from 2001 to 2007 before selling it to Ohio-based Brown Publishing, has repurchased the paper, according to a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Sandra Baker writes, “Connor is CEO and owner of MaineToday Media Inc., owner of three daily and Sunday newspapers in Portland, Augusta and Waterville, as well as the Maine Sunday Telegram. He is also CEO and co-owner of the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co., which owns the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the Dallas Post, the Pittston Dispatch, Go! Lackawanna and an alternative weekly The Weekender.

“Connor served as publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1986 to 1997.

“‘We’ve never really left Fort Worth, because we love the city and have always intended to maintain ties here,’ Richard Connor said in a prepared statement. ‘We have continued to own a home in Fort Worth and have never lost touch with our close friends.’

Read more here. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal also includes the nearby Collin County Business Press. Brown Publishing had made a push into acquiring business weeklies several years ago, but recently went through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

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