Thursday, April 10, 2008

Chris Ferrell's New Company Buys The City Paper

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Nashville is back to being a one-daily town after start-up publishing company SouthComm Communications announced plans to purchase The City Paper and publish it only twice a week. Former Scene publisher Albie Del Favero, who now has the same job at The City Paper told his startled staff yesterday afternoon before the paper broke the news of the sale on its website. SouthComm Communications—which is manned by Chris Ferrell, another erstwhile Scene publisher—is the parent company of online news site and Music Row and just days ago purchased Business TN. The City Paper, though, will be SouthComm's highest profile purchase yet. Launched in the fall of 2000 by former insurance executive Brian Brown, the free daily quickly become a well-read, if not particularly influential, newspaper capitalizing on The Tennessean's occasional disinterest in local news. Under editor Clint Brewer, The City Paper amped up its political coverage and became more relevant, although (judging by its often anemic page count) the business model never took off. Now the paper will publish twice weekly, with plans to come out Mondays and Fridays starting April 28. The City Paper will still deliver daily news on its website, It's not known yet how SouthComm will juggle both The City Paper's website and, since the two will be competing for the same stories and readers. Check Pith later this morning for more details.

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