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Arkansas newspaper merger moving forward

Arkansas newspaper merger moving forward

The U.S. Justice Department has dropped its investigation into a newspaper merger slated for publications throughout Northwest Arkansas, the Fayeteville Flyer reported today.

The conclusion of the antitrust allegation signals that Wehco Media and Stephens Media LLC will join as scheduled on November 1, according to The Morning News. Whole Hog Sports reported today that the go-ahead came in the absence of an outside buyer for Stephens' flagship publication, The Morning News.

The 50-50 partnership will publish the Democrat-Gazette; The Morning News; the Northwest Arkansas Times; the Benton County Daily Record; weekly newspapers in several counties; and a sports magazine, Hawgs Illustrated, the Democract-Gazette reported today.

Employees who had been laid off during the recent economic crisis began reapplying for their former positions last week, Ozarks Unbound reported October 19. Those who were not previously laid off were sent notices yesterday that their jobs would be eliminated with the merger. Those being rehired despite the merger will be notified of that decision by Saturday, Whole Hog Sports said. The rest will be receiving severance pay in varying amounts.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-10-27 13:20

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