Classified Ventures

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Classified Ventures, LLC
Joint Venture
Industry Media
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois

Classified Ventures, LLC was a Chicago-based media company. The company, established to capitalize on the revenue growth in the online classified advertising categories of automotive and rentals, was a joint venture among five major newspaper publishers: A. H. Belo, Gannett, The McClatchy Company, Tribune Company, and Graham Holdings Company[1] It previous owned the brands and before selling both in 2014.[2] On August 5, 2014, Gannett announced that it would buy out the remainder of the company for $1.8 billion, giving it full ownership of Classified Ventures' properties.[3][4] The acquisition was closed on October 1, 2014.[5]


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  2. ^ Marek, Lynne (25 March 2014). "The end is near for Classified Ventures". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Media Giant Gannett to Spin Off USA Today and Print Business". 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gannett Reorganizing, Buying". NetNewsCheck. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gannett Completes Acquisition". 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.