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Baltimore Sun Buys Annapolis, Westminster Papers Among Others

The Baltimore Sun Media Group announced Thursday that it has purchased newspapers based in Anne Arundel and Carroll counties.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group announced Thursday that it has purchased newspapers based in Anne Arundel and Carroll counties. Credit: Baltimore Sun website
The Baltimore Sun Media Group announced Thursday that it has purchased newspapers based in Anne Arundel and Carroll counties. Credit: Baltimore Sun website

Newspapers in Anne Arundel and Carroll counties – including The Capital and the Maryland Gazette in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times in Westminster – now have new owners.

The Baltimore Sun Media Groupannounced today that it purchased The Capital, the Carroll County Times and the Maryland publications and websites affiliated with those news organizations from Landmark Media Enterprises.

Financial terms of the sale, which took effect this morning, were not disclosed.

According to a Baltimore Sun story, along with the flagship Annapolis newspaper and its CapitalGazette.com website, the publications in Anne Arundel County included in the sale are: the Maryland Gazette, Crofton-West County Gazette, Bowie Blade News, Capital Style Magazine and the Anne Arundel County Guidebook.

In Carroll County, the media group purchased the CarrollCountyTimes.com, Community Times, Carroll Living, Central Maryland Homes, three Advocate newspapers, three Purchasing Power papers and the Mason-Dixon Marketplace and Shopper.

“The editorial voice in these publications will remain independent from The Baltimore Sun,” publisher Timothy E. Ryan wrote in a staff memo.

Frank Batten Jr., Landmark Publishing chairman and CEO, told Carroll County Times staffers that the Sun media group had been asking to purchase the Times and the Capital for several years, but because the Tribune Company was in bankruptcy, Landmark Publishing officials said no.

The BSMG’s finances are now stable, and the time for the sale was right, Batten said in the Times story.

The Capital’s building at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis is not included in the sale, the newspaper reports. The new owners plan to look for other space in the Annapolis area.

Ryan said in a written statement to Capital Gazette staffers that he values the local coverage the Capital Gazette papers provide. 

“We want the newspapers and websites to remain the source for news and opinions on local politics, communities, sports and the arts,” Ryan said. “We are buying The Capital and its sister publications to enable crucial local reporting to grow and thrive. We respect and intend to maintain the excellent local news coverage and editorial voice (the company) has provided for so many years.’’

David J Iacono May 01, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Now one media group owns all these independent newspapers. In other words, the Sun now has a monopoly on the news we get via local papers. I find it hard to believe that they won't exert some pressure on the locals.
PH May 01, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Quite right, David. All now owned by the Socialist Sun.
Veronica Pond May 02, 2014 at 10:09 AM
WORSE possible news for SUBSCRIBERS! The Baltimore Sun's track record for delivery is piss poor! They don't show up daily, deliver VERY late (if at all sometimes as late as the afternoon), and don't deliver all your subscriptions. And, sections of the paper are missing. They just do not care! The crappy service still goes on! They NEVER improve. The Carroll County Times delivery has always been excellent. Not only in good or bad weather, but an early reasonable hour. And I can count on delivery EVERY day! Sections of the paper are NEVER missing! Thanks Sunpaper!! As a subscriber, I'm screwed!!
Cathy Boeckman May 03, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Happy now that we just stopped our CC Times subscription. One of the things we liked in moving to CC was a different voice in news after getting the Sun for years in Balto County.
Buck Harmon May 04, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Both papers are liberal rags, we won't see a difference.

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