Black Press purchases Peninsula Daily News of Port Angeles

Port Angeles — An agreement has been reached for the sale of the Peninsula Daily News, Sequim This Week and related websites by Horvitz Newspapers, LLC, to Black Press, Ltd. of Victoria, British Columbia, whose Sound Publishing, Inc. division is the largest community newspaper group in the Pacific Northwest.

Today’s announcement was made personally to Peninsula Daily News employees by Peter Horvitz, president of Horvitz Newspapers, LLC, and Mark Warner of Black Press, Ltd., owners of Sound Publishing based in Poulsbo.

The Peninsula Daily News will be operated by Sound Publishing, which has 46 publications and a combined circulation of 732,700 in the Pacific Northwest.

Sound publications include the Bainbridge Island Review, the North Kitsap Herald, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the Port Orchard Independent, the Bremerton Patriot, the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, The Journal of the San Juan Islands, the Islands' Sounder, the Whidbey News-Times, the South Whidbey Record, Kitsap Navy News and the Whidbey Crosswind. Sound also publishes community newspapers in east and south King County and in Portland.

Sound’s corporate office is in Poulsbo and it has a printing facility in Everett.

Privately held Black Press, Ltd. owns about 150 publications, including three daily newspapers, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, the (Honolulu) Star Advertiser and the Advocate (Red Deer, Alberta). The other publications are in suburban or rural markets throughout the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

David Black, president of Black Press, Ltd., said: “We have purchased other titles from Horvitz Newspapers in the past and look forward to adding the Peninsula Daily News and its related titles to our Sound group. As publishers of other titles in the area, this acquisition is a natural extension to our marketplace footprint. We are pleased to be doing business in Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

The family-owned Horvitz Newspapers, based in Bellevue, purchased the Peninsula Daily News from Persis Corporation in 1994. “Our family has enjoyed owning the Peninsula Daily News for 17 years, and we’re very proud of its employees and their commitment to serving the news and information needs of the Clallam and Jefferson County communities and the quality journalism they provide,” said Peter Horvitz. “We’re delighted that Black Press has chosen to add the Peninsula Daily News and Sequim This Week to its family of Pacific Northwest publications.”

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