Bay State Newspaper Company
|Fate||Dissolved into parent|
|Successors||Community Newspaper Company|
|Founded||May 1, 1991|
|Defunct||January 11, 1996|
|Key people||William P. Dole, former owner
Donald Morse, publisher
|Products||Weekly newspapers in three cities north of Boston|
Bay State Newspaper Company, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, was a publisher of weekly newspapers in suburbs north of Boston. It was formed in 1991 by Fidelity Investments after it bought Dole Publishing from its longtime owner, William P. Dole.
Bay State's properties were assembled by the Dole family, which ran the Cambridge Chronicle from the 1930s to early 1990s. The Chronicle, newspaper of record for the city of Cambridge, has published since 1846 and, under the Doles, was combined with the rival Cambridge Sun.
- Cambridge Chronicle of Cambridge (founded 1846)
- Somerville Journal of Somerville
- Watertown Press of Watertown
All of these papers still publish as part of CNC's Metro Unit. Bay State also published a shopper serving the Lowell area, called the Merrimack Valley Advertiser. That publication was later converted to two Advertiser weeklies in Tewksbury and Wilmington, now published by CNC's Northwest Unit as The Tewksbury Advocate and The Wilmington Advocate.
- "Dole Publishing Is Sold". The Boston Globe, April 19, 1991.