GateHouse Media buys Akron Beacon Journal,

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — GateHouse Media has announced the purchase of the Akron Beacon Journal and its digital site from Black Press Group Ltd.

Rick O'Connor, Black Press president and chief executive officer, said the paper was sold because British Columbia-based Black Press couldn’t buy other properties in the region. Purchase terms weren’t announced.

GateHouse and Black Press announced the sale of the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper today.

Bradley Harmon is president of GateHouse Media Central U.S. Publishing Operations. He said the Beacon’s journalistic history along with its respect and influence in Ohio made it an attractive acquisition.

GateHouse owns several other Ohio papers, including the Columbus Dispatch, The Repository of Canton, the Record-Courier of Kent, The Independent of Massillon, The Daily Record of Wooster and The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia.

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