Ogden Newspapers’ Tribune Chronicle, which publishes in nearby Warren, Ohio, has bought The Vindicator’s masthead, subscription list and Vindy.com domain name—saving Youngstown from being the largest city in Ohio, and among the largest in the nation, without a daily newspaper.
With a scheduled launch date of September 1, the Tribune Chronicle will produce an edition under the name of The Vindicator. The Ogden newspaper also agreed to deliver a newspaper for the remainder of the unexpired term of all subscribers of The Vindicator.
The Brown family owners of The Vindicator announced on June 28 the newspaper, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, would cease publication on Aug. 31 citing unprofitability for several years. Soon after the announcement, the Tribune Chronicle said it would publish a Mahoning County edition beginning Sept. 1.
"We have always felt strongly about the need to have a local newspaper,” The owners of The Vindicator announced on June 28 the newspaper, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, would cease publication on Aug. 31 citing unprofitability for several years. The Tribune Chronicle announced on July 2 that it would attempt to fill the void left by the closure of The Vindicator by publishing a Mahoning County edition beginning Sept. 1.
"We have always felt strongly about the need to have a local newspaper,” Vindicator General Manager Mark Brown said in the newspaper’s report on the sale. “The agreement announced today provides The Vindicator's subscribers with continued delivery of a daily print newspaper focused on their communities, Mahoning County and the Valley."
He added, "We are very happy to be able to provide our readers with a daily print newspaper from a family-owned company. The Nutting family and Ogden Newspapers have been in the publishing business since 1890."
"We are extremely happy and honored to be able to preserve the long-respected name of the newspaper that has served this region for a century-and-a- half," said Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle said in a statement. "We look forward to delivering approximately 30,000 of the new The Vindicator editions to the people who have supported The Vindicator through the years and have developed a printed newspaper reading habit."
John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope, the media brokerage and appraisal firm with offices in Montana, California, Arkansas and Virginia, represented the Mark Brown family and The Vindicator in the transaction.