Hearst Newspapers LLC has bought Houston Community News and Media Group, a cluster of a daily and 23 Houston, Texas-area weeklies, from 1013 Star Communications.
Included in the transaction were the daily Conroe (Texas) Courier and these weeklies: the Atascocita Observer; Cleveland Advocate; Cypress Creek Mirror; Dayton News; Deer Park Broadcaster; East Montgomery County Observer; Eastex Advocate; Examiner in West University, River Oaks and Bellaire; Friendswood Journal; Humble Observer; Kingwood Observer; Lake Houston Observer; Magnolia Potpourri; Memorial Examiner; Pearland Journal; Spring Observer; Sugar Land Sun; The Bay Area Citizen; The Katy Rancher; The Pasadena Citizen; The Woodlands Villager; and Tomball Potpourri.
John Cribb, managing director of Cribb Greene & Cope represented 1013 Star Communications in the transaction. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray represented Hearst. Terms were not disclosed.
“Combining the resources available between the two groups will enhance the community news, community sports and digital platforms, allowing greater coverage throughout these markets,” 1013 Star Communications Vice President and General Manager Jason Joseph said in a statement.
Houston Community Newspapers and Media Group has a total print distribution of more than 520,000 and a digital reach of over 4 million per month to suburban Houston’s “most appealing residential and business markets,” Hearst and 1013 said in a statement.
The acquisition furthers Hearst Newspapers’ reach into the Houston suburbs, strengthening the ties already established by the Houston Chronicle, Hearst said.
“We are very excited to add the Houston Community Newspapers to our local media group across Houston,” Hearst Newspaper President Mark Aldam said. “This collection of print editions and regional digital assets will strengthen our community coverage of the sprawling suburban ring in the outer loop of Houston, allowing us to better serve both consumers and advertisers.”
“Bringing together the deep local community news content of HCN with the robust print and digital distribution potential of the Houston Chronicle will be a big benefit to both readers and advertisers,” said John McKeon, president and publisher of the Houston Chronicle.
1013 Communications purchased Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group from ASP Westward in June 2012. 1013 Communications owns newspaper and media groups in the North Dallas area, as well as Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.