Stafford family sells Greenville Daily News to Michigan community newspaper group


The Stafford family is selling the Greenville (Michigan) Daily News and Stafford Printing to Rick Burrough’s View Newspaper Group and Michigan Web Press.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented the Stafford family in the transaction.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2003 by Rick Burrough, View Newspaper Group will now include 19 community newspapers, covering Lapeer, Sanilac, Huron, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Genesee, Oakland, Livingston, Montcalm and Ionia counties. The Daily News will be the group’s first daily newspaper.

Michigan Web Press, founded in 1979 and acquired by Burrough in 1999, serves more than 60 individual newspaper and publishing companies, printing more than 120 daily, weekly and monthly newspaper and periodical titles.

“We are excited to grow both our newspaper company and our printing company with the addition of the Daily News and Stafford Printing,” Burrough said. “The Stafford family is well-known and respected in the newspaper publishing and printing business. We are pleased to welcome the Daily News into our family of papers and happy to report that Julie Stafford has agreed to stay on as publisher in Greenville. Retaining Julie was a key element of this deal coming together.”

The Daily News, which has been in the Stafford family since 1951, has a circulation of about 4,500 and is published six days a week. The paper covers more than 1,000 square miles of Montcalm, Ionia and parts of Kent counties.

The Daily News also publishes The Gazette, a free weekly newspaper that covers much of the eastern part of Montcalm County.