Black acquires U.S. newspapers

Morning Star family expands with Black Press acquisition of U.S. papers

  • Nov. 4, 2011 4:00 p.m.

The Morning Star’s family has expanded.

Victoria-based Black Press, parent company of The Morning Star, has acquired two different publishing businesses in Washington State.

“As publishers of other titles in the area, this acquisition is a natural extension to our marketplace footprint,” said David Black, Black Press chief executive officer.

An agreement has been reached to purchase the  Peninsula Daily News and Sequim This Week from Horvitz Newspapers.

The Peninsula Daily News will be operated by Black Press’ Sound Publishing which has 46 publications and a combined circulation of 732,700 in Washington State.

“We are pleased to be doing business in Clallam and Jefferson counties,” said Black.

Black Press has also purchased Sequim-based Olympic View Publishing. Olympic View produces two newspapers, the Sequim Gazette and the Forks Forum, as well as two real estate magazines.

“We have been publishing community newspapers for 22 years in Washington State and see this as an opportunity to expand our operations to the North Olympic Peninsula,” said Black.

Privately-held Black Press owns about 150 publications, including three daily newspapers.

the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio, the Star Advertiser in Hawaii and the Advocate in Red Deer, Alta.

The other publications are in suburban or rural markets throughout B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.