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 NashvillePost.com 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, Nashvillecitypaper.com. It's not known yet how SouthComm will juggle both The City Paper
's website and NashvillePost.com, since the two will be competing for the same stories and readers.
Check Pith later this morning for more details.