Voice Media Group Agrees to Purchase Village Voice Media, owner of Phoenix New Times. Backpage.com Not Part of the New Company

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The company's new logo.
A new holding company out of Denver, Voice Media Group, announced today that it has agreed to purchase Village Voice Media, owner of Phoenix New Times and 12 other alternative newspapers across the country.

The purchase includes the newspapers, their websites, and VVM's national-advertising component.

Scott Tobias, VVM's chief operating officer, led the buyout and will be chief executive officer of the new company. Christine Brennan, executive managing editor of VVM for the past 19 years, will become executive editor, and Jeff Mars, vice president of financial operations at VVM, will become chief financial officer.

Backpage.com, currently owned by VVM, is not part of the buyout. It will become a separate company with separate ownership.

"Voice Media Group will center its attention on the growth of the renowned weekly publications and continue its expansion into new and exciting mobile and online platforms," Tobias says. "We are focused on building a dynamic media business that allows our advertisers to target local audiences through multiple platforms. We will continue to offer advertisers a national footprint with hyper-local reach, and we will continue to provide high-caliber and comprehensive content to our readers."

Says Brennan, "The publishing properties purchased under this agreement have always exemplified a commitment to editorial integrity -- delivering reliable and essential news and cultural coverage to their local communities. Voice Media Group will champion and nurture this journalistic heritage.

See VMG's complete press release here. 

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Without Phoenix New Times outstanding investigative journalism, the public would have remained uninformed and none of the bad guys would have been ousted out of office, with more in the pipeline. Thank you for your ongoing commitment!

Stan99percenter
Stan99percenter

Fatest lie of the week: "commitment to editorial integrity"

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

First, I am glad that the New Times has disassociated itself from Backpage and its pedophile pimps.  For years the New TImes profited off the suffering of innocent children being bought and sold through its backpage advertisements.  There is no excuse for that, but at least they have made the right decision going forward.

 

Secondly, without the steady revenue that advertising prostitution has afforded the New Times I expect to see a change in the editorial direction the paper is heading.  I am not certain there will be a big political shift, but the simple fact is that they will have to de-emphasize the unpopular political campaigns they seem to be waging (open-borders lunacy, pathological obsession with Sheriff Joe, hatred of all things "White") and start trying to attract readers again.  Hopefully this will result in a return to the entertainment news that I used to enjoy.  Time will tell...

Wally
Wally

Press Release:

 

Lead Phoenix News Times landscaper Pedro has agreed to purchase Village Voice Media, owner of Phoenix New Times and 12 other alternative newspapers across the country.

 

Pedro could not be reached for comment.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

If the new owners are smart they will immediately fire Lemons, Hendley and all the other bozo liberal wackos there and turn the paper into a respectable news outlet.

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

Whoa.

 

I just don't know what to say to this.

 

 

I hope the current journalists and bloggers are being kept on.  

HankStanky
HankStanky

@truthseekeraz yea, OK Lemons, whatever.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @maxonepercent It's funny how they can critisize others for failure to prosecute sex crimes but yet they blatantly promote it in their classifieds.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @Wally Obviously because the Phoenix New Times is a losing battle they found some sucker to buy it.  Will that person ever be sorry.  It won't be long util you get "page not found" when you try to access this web site.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan Of course you must be arpaio or russell pearce or thomas or aubuchon or alexander or hendershott or joel fox or lester pearce.....

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

 @JoeArpaioFan If Arpaio were smart, he'd have buggered you a long time ago. Fortunately for you, he's just a senile old narc.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan LMAO, sorry..you calling others wacko's is liking a hooker calling another hooker a whore.. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan If you read the article in the Republic(an), you will see that the paper is being purchased from within and will not change it's focus of shining a bright light on the conservative criminals like the soon to be ex sheriff.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @TaxpayingVoter Get ready for some major changes.  Your favorite editors will be on the unemployment line in the not so distant future.

Wally
Wally

 @JoeArpaioFan  @Wally  New Times is great. They don't delete the stories. Good stuff to read.

 

ABC 15, 12, 10, 5 and 3 are all duplicate content.  All scraping news off AP or Reuters and re-posting on the sites. All the other stuff that they do in house is deleted after week or so..... All of it. Funny stuff the stations do a live shot on a story and it will be posted and then deleted.

 

Cronkite News interns.  Market is flooded with interns doing everything. Working for free.  Look at the 20 stories free breaking news -- interns!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

 @shadeaux14  @JoeArpaioFan There are numerous "liberal" criminals which the Phoenix New Times has exposed as well.  Thank you Phoenix New Times (Michael Lacey and friends) for being a "Fair and balanced" news outlet for Arizona - I hope you just got FILTHY Rich!

savatage69
savatage69

You wish. Just like you wish Shurf Joke will be elected again.

HankStanky
HankStanky

@ExpertShot @shadeaux14 Fair and balanced my ass. If you consider liberal propaganda fair and balanced I've got a Grand Canyon I'd like to sell you.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

 @JoeArpaioFan   Hey, is that pic really of you? It looks like a meth head at death's door.

 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @savatage69 I know what I am talking about.  Once the deal is finalized, you will get "page not found" when you try to access this web site until it is redesigned with a more respectable, truthful and un-biased format.

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