Sound Publishing, the state's largest community news organization and owner of the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, announced it has purchased the Seattle Weekly, according to a press release Sound Publishing issued today.
Details of the purchase were not disclosed.
The Weekly, a freely distributed newspaper in Seattle and nearby cities, was purchased from Village Voice Media Holdings. The paper, highly regarded for its alternative voice and its coverage of politics and the arts, reaches more than 200,000 print and digital readers every week, according to the press release. It owns more than 1,500 outdoor news boxes and in-store racks throughout Seattle and nearby areas. The Weekly was founded in 1976 by Darrell Oldham and David Brewster.
Founded in 1987, Sound Publishing publications reach more than 500,000 homes weekly with over 700,000 monthly digital readers, according to the press release. Sound publishes 36 daily, weekly and monthly community newspapers and magazines in addition to the Little Nickel Classifieds in Western Washington and Northern Oregon. Sound also operates a state-of-the-art print facility in Everett.
"We think highly of the Seattle Weekly and its faithful readership," said Gloria Fletcher, president of Sound Publishing. "The Weekly fits quite well into Sound Publishing's culture of delivering unique and relevant content to both print and digital readers."
“The addition of the Seattle Weekly to Sound’s print and digital portfolio is very exciting," said Josh O'Connor, vice president of East Sound Newspaper Operations. "The Weekly opens up many possibilities for readers, advertisers and the communities that we serve. We appreciate the editorial focus on local news, culture and the arts. This publication has been a leader in shaping Seattle for many decades, and we look forward to managing this business in the future."
The purchase of the Seattle Weekly came in tandem with a separate purchase of the SF Weekly by the San Francisco Examiner, which is owned primarily by David Black, chairman of Black Press and other Black Press executives. Black Press is the parent company of Sound Publishing. Black Press operates more than 170 newspapers in western Canada and Washington in addition to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.
The Seattle Weekly and the SF Weekly will be operated independently of one another.The Seattle Weekly is known for political and governmental reporting as well as music and arts coverage. It publishes a number of special issues throughout the year on topics such as a spring and fall arts guide, dining guide, special coverage of the Seattle Independent Film Festival and Bumbershoot.Sound Publishing has executive offices in Bellevue and Poulsbo. The Seattle Weekly will remain based in Seattle.