The Brooklyn Paper has been bought by the Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation.
The award-winning newspaper, which was founded in 1978 by Ed Weintrob and remained independent since, will become part of News Corp.’s Community Newspaper Group, which owns 30 community weeklies in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.
“We are extremely excited to be adding The Brooklyn Paper to our group,” said News Corporation Senior Vice President Les Goodstein. “We bought The Paper because we admire its attitude, its flair and its outstanding design. And we don’t intend to change that.”
The deal was finalized last week, and was first reported on Tuesday by the New York Observer.
In Brooklyn, the Community Newspaper Group also includes the Courier Life chain. Both Courier Life and The Brooklyn Paper will soon be housed in the same office in the Metrotech complex Downtown, Goodstein said.
Brooklyn Paper Publisher Ed Weintrob said he was pleased to sell his family run business to “real newspaper people.”
“These are very tough times in the newspaper business, but News Corp. is that rare company that actually believes in newspapers,” he told the staff last week. “I would not have sold the paper if I did not believe they are truly committed to it.”