Victoria publisher David Black has expanded his newspaper empire in B.C. with the purchase of 11 publications from Glacier Media, including several in the Kootenays.
The two companies announced today (July 2) that Black's company, Black Press, has bought the Trail Daily Times, the Creston Valley Advance, the Fernie Free Press, the Grand Forks Gazette, the Nelson Daily News, the Weekender, the Prince Rupert Daily News, the Quesnel Advisor, the Cariboo Advisor, the 100 Mile House Advisor, and the Coast Mountain Advisor.
Black Press already owns papers in some of these markets, including the 100 Mile Free Press, the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, the Trail-Rossland News, and the Nelson Star.
The deal gives Black, a former chair of the B.C. Progress Board, greater control over the print media in these communities. Black Press is 20-percent owned by Torstar Corp.
As part of the transaction, Black also bought the Red Deer Express from Great West Newspapers, of which Glacier Media is a partner.
Black already owns the Red Deer Advocate, so this gives his company a more dominant market share over the publishing market in the central Alberta city.
Prior to the latest purchase, Black's company owned more than 80 titles in B.C.
In Metro Vancouver, its newspapers include the West Ender, the North Shore Outlook, the Surrey-North Delta Leader, the Richmond Review, and the Tri-City News.
Meanwhile, Vancouver-based Glacier Media hasn't retreated from B.C. It still owns Business in Vancouver Media Group, the Whistler Question, the Squamish Chief, the Prince George Citizen, and several other publications.
The deal also gave Great West Newspaper Group control over Black Press publications in Canmore, Alberta.