10/13 Communications LLC has acquired the Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and related websites from Tucson West Publishing, Inc., a division of News Media Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not announced.
Cribb, Greene & Associates, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm, represented Tucson West in the transaction.
10/13 announced that it will increase the frequency of the Marana News to become a weekly newspaper, publishing on the same cycle as its Explorer newspaper. The Foothills News and Desert Times are monthly publications. The group has a distribution of 28,000.
“We are excited to add these publications to our Arizona Local Media group,” said Randy Miller, president of 10/13 Communications. “This addition greatly expands our reach in the Tucson market where we already have the Explorer newspaper that dominates the northwest area with 45,000 distribution and a readership in print and online of well over 100,000.”
10/13 Communications publications boast hyper-local reporting and an innovative distribution model. Its Arizona Local Media group includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, the Daily News-Sun, Glendale Today, Peoria Today, Surprise Today, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Clipper Marketplace and U and Your Home in Phoenix, together with the Arizona Interactive Media Group, and the Explorer in suburban Tucson. 10/13 Communications also publishes forty newspapers in Texas through Star Local Media in Dallas and its Houston Community Newspapers group.
Cribb, Greene & Associates is a ninety-one year old newspaper brokerage, appraisal, and consulting firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and Helena, Montana.