Breaking: Columbus Dispatch buys all local ACN publications

…formerly CM Media, which includes The Other Paper, Columbus Monthly, all the Suburban News weekly papers, etc. Official details forthcoming. Apparently the sale is effective immediately.

Update from the Dispatch:

The Dispatch Printing Company today announced that it had acquired a group of niche publications from American Community Newspapers, expanding the depth and breadth of its news organization.

In acquiring the publications of Columbus Media Enterprises, the company said it is better positioning itself for the future by creating a wide range of niche print and digital products.

“The addition of these titles to our niche print and digital portfolio is a very exciting prospect,” said John F. Wolfe, chief executive officer and chairman of The Dispatch Printing Company. “Putting all of these titles under one roof opens up enormous and exciting possibilities for local readers, subscribers and advertisers.”

The newly acquired publications, which will become part of Dispatch Media Group, include:

Columbus Monthly, an award-winning city magazine for 35 years
Suburban News Publications, a group of 22 community newspapers serving Central Ohio
Columbus C.E.O., a monthly business magazine
A dozen specialty magazine publications, including Columbus Bride, CityGuide, Restaurant Guide and the Official Columbus Visitors Guide
The Other Paper, a news and entertainment weekly

In addition, a handful of supporting niche local news and information websites, including columbusmonthly.com, columbusbride.com and columbuslocalnews.com, will become part of Dispatch Printing’s digital family.

This purchase adds a number of award-winning titles to the roster of print publications produced daily, weekly and monthly by Dispatch Printing Company.

And as the significance of digital content grows for media companies, Wolfe said the acquisition also strengthens the Dispatch Digital Network with the addition of key local websites and their demographics to the number one local news and information digital network in central Ohio — benefitting both readers and advertisers.

  • http://www.atomicned.com chip

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I’m guessing this means the demise of The Other Paper (probably doesn’t help that The Onion is rolling into town and will steal away some advertising dollars) which leaves us with the Alive. UGH.

  • C DUB YA

    Ugh on all accounts

  • weed steeler (m.)

    STOP COMPLAINING ADN START YOUR OWN PAPER. IT COSTS UNDER A GRAND TO PRINT 1000 2 COLOR BROAD SHEETS.

    • jon

      a grand dont come for free

      • Daryn

        And then you have to produce content that people care about. And then you have to ask business owners if you can distribute the paper at their location. And then you have to buy racks to hold your paper. And then you have to drive around and keep those racks filled. And then you have to find advertisers. And then you have to chase the advertisers for their payment and their advert. And then you have to replace your missing, stolen, and/or damaged racks. And then you have to print the new issue. And then you have to distribute the new issue. And it goes on. Honestly, thinking that all you need is a grand and you can start a newspaper is high school logic at best. Welcome to the world of real business, n00bs can toss their amateur rag into the dumpster out back.

        • weed steeler (m.)

          really?
          that all sounds pretty fucking easy to me?
          were talking about doing this in columbus, remember.
          i would suggest you just keep your mouth shut and continue going to church.
          all it takes is a little motivation.

  • weed steeler (m.)

    yeah it does.
    get 5 people together and they can scrape $200 a month easy.
    stop complaining and DO something!

    m.

    • weed steeler (m.)

      *each

  • Columbus Musicians and Artists Against Free Speech

    BOW DOWN TO WHO YOU SERVE.
    YOU ARE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

    Fact: No musician or artist will turn down press.

    Fact:Columbus art and music are government and church funded drivel already.

    BOW DOWN TO WHO YOU SERVE.
    YOU ARE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

  • beth

    The dispatch just put a hell of a lot of people out of work! Let’s see if they talk about that in their paper!!!! I’m guessing they will opt out of printing that in their paper!

  • http://opencrashcomics.com Tom Williams

    So that means we get two versions of the Weekender instead of an alternative to the Dispatch? Yuck.

  • Robert Duffy

    i have to imagine that the other paper is a dead man walking

    • weed steeler (m.)


      BOW DOWN TO WHO YOU SERVE.
      YOU ARE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

      Fact: No musician or artist will turn down press.

      Fact:Columbus art and music are government and church funded drivel already.

      BOW DOWN TO WHO YOU SERVE.
      YOU ARE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

  • the million dollar man

    seems like good business to me.

    • Ultimate Warrior

      What do you know about business Mr. Ted Dibiase? I did better in the business than you, walked away from it on my own terms, with my integrity intact, and I’ve done better in my life away from it.

  • Barbara

    That leave Columbus with no alternative to the mainstream corporate masters – a pretty said thing!

  • Virgil

    I agree with whatever the million dollar man says

  • http://www.theplutogang.blogspot.com jiggabreh

    Its was real Notorious B.I.G ish when you said/typed easy, good thing I only read the diy monthy.

  • chel

    The Dispatch already owns Columbus Alive. It acquired it in 2005. With a focus on the arts and entertainment scene there has been little problem with this relationship. TOP has been writing about Dispatch conflict of interest in the casino deal, the Nationwide Arena/ Bluejackets arrangements, etc. It is THAT voice I fear we will be losing.