Newspapers of New England

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Newspapers of New England
Type Private
Industry Newspapers
Founded Late 1970s
Headquarters Concord, New Hampshire
Key people Aaron Julien, president and CEO
Products Concord Monitor and six other newspapers in New England

Newspapers of New England Inc. (NNE) is a privately owned publisher of seven daily and weekly newspapers in the U.S. states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The company's flagship publication is the Concord Monitor, in New Hampshire's capital. Its largest circulation newspaper in Massachusetts is the Daily Hampshire Gazette of Northampton.

History[edit]

The company was founded in the late 1970s as a holding company for various properties owned by the Dwight family, longtime publishers of the (now defunct) Holyoke Transcript-Telegram. Under the leadership of publisher Minnie Dwight and her son, William, the T-T in 1955 bought The Recorder-Gazette of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Minnie died two years later, and William bought the Monitor in 1961.[1]

When son-in-law George W. Wilson, publisher of the Monitor, was named company president in the late 1970s, the T-T, Recorder and Monitor were placed under the umbrella of Newspapers of New England. The company added the Valley News of Lebanon, New Hampshire, in 1981.[1]

In the 1980s, NNE added the weekly Monadnock Ledger to its portfolio, but soon had to shed its original flagship: In 1992, the 110-year-old Transcript-Telegram was closed after four years of heavy losses.[2]

NNE remained the publisher of the Concord, Greenfield and Lebanon dailies, plus the Ledger, until purchasing the Daily Hampshire Gazette in 2005.[3]

In December 2007, the company announced it would buy one of the Gazette's main competitors, the alternative weekly Valley Advocate of Easthampton, which had been founded in 1973. The Advocate was owned by Tribune Company, which also publishes the Hartford Courant and Advocate weeklies in Connecticut. Advocate circulation at the time was given at 50,000.[4] Actual circulation is 45,000.

Properties[edit]

The following daily and weekly newspapers are published by Newspapers of New England:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "William Dwight, 92, Holyoke publisher". Obituary. Union-News, Springfield, Mass., June 5, 1996.
  2. ^ Constantine, Sandra E. "Transcript-Telegram Ceases Publication". Union-News, Springfield, Mass., April 24, 1993.
  3. ^ Contrada, Fred. "'Hamp Gazette Sale Set". The Republican, Springfield, Mass. September 28, 2005.
  4. ^ Cain, Chad. "Gazette's Owners Set to Buy Valley Advocate". Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), December 12, 2007.