Brown family’s UCC sells Massachusetts daily to Canadian publisher


United Communications Corporation has sold the Attleboro (Mass.) Sun Chronicle and its related publications and websites to Triboro Massachusetts News Media Inc., a new corporation formed by Canadian newspaper executive Steven Malkowich.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented UCC in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The buyer said it will retain all employees of its new property.

“The Brown family has been proudly associated with the Attleboro community for almost 50 years,” said UCC CEO Lucy Brown. “In 1969, my dad, the late Howard J. Brown bought the Attleboro Sun, which merged with the Chronicle in 1971, becoming The Sun Chronicle. In 1986 United Communications added the neighboring Foxboro Reporter to its group of papers in southeastern Massachusetts.”

“The family is extremely grateful for the hard work, professionalism and dedication of employees both current and retired in Attleboro and Foxboro,” she added. “As Howard would say, the future lies ahead. Making the decision to sell is never easy, but we are pleased to welcome the new owners and know the future looks bright under their leadership.”

The 10,400-circulation daily Sun Chronicle traces its roots back more than 100 years to a pair of weeklies that served the rural Attleboro area in the 1880s. The Foxboro Reporter was founded in 1884.

The new owners have newspaper assets throughout Canada and the United States. Their properties nearby Attleboro include the Rhode Island papers, the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call.