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Buffett buys The Roanoke Times

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Big Circus, May 30, 2013.

  1. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    The former Media General picks up another big Virginia paper.

  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Dammit. Was hoping it was the other Buffett.
  3. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Just another Landmark piece gone.
  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Roanoke shares UVa and VT content/beat writers with Norfolk, so I'd imagine something's got to be worked out in sports, unless buying The Virginian-Pilot is next on Buffett's list.
  5. Hokie_pokie

    Hokie_pokie Well-Known Member

    The Pilot's the best paper in Virginia by a country mile. If he's looking to dominate the commonwealth's newspapers, that's the place to start.

    I'd imagine it would take a very strong offer to get it away from Landmark, though.
  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I think Landmark is talking themselves into dissolving. The company now appears to several very small newspapers, Norfolk and a television station in Las Vegas. I give them a year before they sell Norfolk.
  7. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    Landmark has been trying to dump the Pilot for years. Trust me, if they get even a decent offer from Buffet they would sell in a heartbeat.
  8. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    IIRC, they tried to sell every entity at once a few years ago. That didn't work, so they broke everything up.

    I really don't want to see us sold to someone else. Landmark is a pretty good company to work for, IMO.
  9. Can't be the pay.
  10. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member


    Buffett adds the Atlantic City Press.
  11. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Great pickup for the Press. Finally in a decent chain. Hopefully, it will impove both the paper and the working conditions there.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It must be the opportunities for career advancement.

    Why, in just seven year, you can go from part-time reporter covering high school and community sports to...
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