News Corp Sells Community Newspaper Group
NEW YORK -- June 23, 2014
News Corp announced today an agreement to sell its Community Newspaper Group
(CNG) to Les and Jennifer Goodstein.
CNG, headquartered in Brooklyn, is a network of 11 community newspapers and
web sites, including Caribbean Life, The Brooklyn Paper, The Bronx Times
Reporter, Bay News and Bay Ridge Courier, Bayside Times and TimesLedger. CNG
also publishes specialty magazines, including Family magazines, the Wedding
Guide and Sweet Sixteen Magazine. CNG distributes over 235,000 newspapers each
week in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan.
“This sale, like our divestiture of the Dow Jones Local Media Group, helps us
reshape the News Corp portfolio as we achieve greater globalization and
digitization of our businesses with an eye towards long-term growth,” said
Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “We’re confident that these
newspapers and magazines will prosper under the leadership of Les and Jennifer
“Besides my love of newspapers, it was an honor to complete this transaction
with News Corp. I look forward to the continued success of the Community
Newspaper Group,” said Les Goodstein. “Both my wife and I are members of the
community and are pleased to continue serving the readers of Manhattan,
Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. We plan to expand local coverage with local
news important to the neighborhoods we serve.”
The Goodsteins also own NYC CommunityMedia, publisher of The Villager,
Downtown Express, Gay City News, East Villager News and Chelsea Now. Les
Goodstein is a former News Corp executive who ran CNG between 2006 and 2013.
News Corp sold the Dow Jones Local Media Group, which operated 33
publications, to an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC last September.
Financial terms of the agreement, which is expected to close next week, were
not disclosed. News Corp launched its CNG business in 2006.
About News Corp
News Corp (NASDAQ:NWS)(NASDAQ:NWSA)(ASX:NWS)(ASX:NWSLV) is a global,
diversified media and information services company focused on creating and
distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers throughout the
world. The company comprises businesses across a range of media, including:
news and information services, cable network programming in Australia, digital
real estate services, book publishing, digital education, and pay-TV
distribution in Australia. Headquartered in New York, the activities of News
Corpare conducted primarily in the United States, Australia, and the United
Kingdom. More information:www.newscorp.com.
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