NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Herald and Bristol Press newspapers have been sold to a Rhode Island company with affiliate newspapers in other states.
Central Connecticut Communications announced Monday it has sold The Bristol Press/The New Britain Herald and the Chronicle in Willimantic to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, also known as RISN Operations. Since 2009, The New Britain Herald and The Bristol Press have been owned by Central Connecticut Communications. The company had acquired the Chronicle in 2017, which has been publishing since 1877. In February, the Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers acquired the weekly Block Island Times from the same ownership group in February.
Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers and its affiliates operate newspapers in several states. Its operations include The Westerly Sun, The Kent County Daily Times, The Call of Woonsocket, The Times of Pawtucket, Independent and Southern RI Newspapers.
Michael Schroeder, publisher and owner of Central Connecticut Communications, spoke about the sale to Rhode Island Community Newspapers and how the company will serve the cities in the area.
“It's been our pleasure to put out what we believe are solid and responsible newspapers and websites for the past 13 years, driven by a staff of which I couldn't be more proud. We wish them all the best for many more years being a foundation of freedom for Central and Eastern Connecticut,” Schroeder said.
Dirks, Van Essen & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Central Connecticut Communications in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.
RISN Operations General Manager John Layton said the company is excited about the recent acquisition.
“We are excited to welcome Central Connecticut Communications into our family of newspapers in Southern New England. We will continue to provide great coverage for our readers and advertising opportunities to local businesses in Willimantic, Bristol, New Britain and the surrounding communities,” Layton said.