TownNews.com is a company founded by Marc Wilson Executive Chairman, Virginia R. Wilson, and Robert P. Dalton as the International Newspaper Network (INN) in 1989 to help newspapers deal with developing technology. The three were owners of the weekly Bigfork (Montana) Eagle. Bob Keenan and Mike Brown joined the company in the early 1990s. With the increasing popularity of the web in the mid-1990s, efforts focused on helping newspapers bring their content to the Internet. Today, TownNews.com helps more than 1,600 newspapers, and radio and TV stations publish interactive products on the World Wide Web of the Internet using automation technology. The company's lead product is the BLOX Content Management System (CMS), which is widely used to produce online and print products. The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri said the BLOX CMS is the most widely used daily newspaper CMS in the United States. Customers include Lee Enterprises, Berkshire-Hathaway Media, Digital First, Adams Publishing, Pioneer Media Group, the Evening Post Co., and many other groups and independent publications.
TownNews.com is headquartered in Moline, Illinois. Executives added since 2000 include CEO Brad Ward, head programmer Patrick O'lone, systems chief Chris Murley, controller Darcy Heist, and national sales VP Rick Rogers. Many of its 98 employees work remotely. Marc Wilson became executive chairman in October 2016 after serving as chief executive since the company's founding.
Lee Enterprises, the fourth-largest newspaper group in the United States is an 82.5% stakeholder of TownNews.com. The Wilsons and Keenan remain minority partners. Lee Enterprises became the majority partner in 1996.
Over the years, TownNews.com has acquired various organizations, most notably ZWire, AdQuest, Anytime News, and DotConnect Media.
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