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Landmark attracting eye of Little Rock?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by steveu, May 19, 2008.

  1. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member


    For those who don't want to jump, the gist of the story is Wehco Media is exploring a purchase of three papers -- Norfolk, Roanoke and Greensboro. Wehco owns Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock.

    My two cents: This would be a good move in my opinion. Little Rock's paper offers excellent coverage, even if the design is a bit jumbled. The paper is surprisingly large for a city that size (and it is the state's paper of record).

    The downside: If Wehco buys these three papers and it turns into a case of McClatchy buying Knight-Ridder. (In other words, let the cutbacks start flying!).
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Last I hear, the Landmark folks didn't think someone would buy the metro division whole. The community papers I believe are being brokered in a separate transaction.

    The story didn't mention Annapolis, so I'm guessing the BalSun will end up with that property.

    Sounds cautiously promising, at least in the sense that I don't recall a lot of hue and cry with Wehco that you would with MediaNews or Gannett.
  3. Smartwriter

    Smartwriter Member

    I''m aware that the community papers are going in a separate deal. However, would Baltimore also try to get the Carroll County paper in Westminster along with Annapolis?
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Actually, I'm pretty sure now that's the two the Sun have expressed interest in. Had forgotten about Carroll County.
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Do the Landmark papers have unions in the newsroom or anywhere else?
    If they do, that will be a deal-breaker, unless they can bust the unions with the purchase.
  6. No union at the Virginian-Pilot, which is the flagship paper for Landmark. And where spinchter muscles are clenched tightly as folks try to guess who will get the ax first.
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