Good buy! The Brooklyn Paper joins News Corp.

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The Brooklyn Paper has been bought by the Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation.

The award-winning newspaper, which was founded in 1978 by Ed Weintrob and remained independent since, will become part of News Corp.’s Community Newspaper Group, which owns 30 community weeklies in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.

“We are extremely excited to be adding The Brooklyn Paper to our group,” said News Corporation Senior Vice President Les Goodstein. “We bought The Paper because we admire its attitude, its flair and its outstanding design. And we don’t intend to change that.”

The deal was finalized last week, and was first reported on Tuesday by the New York Observer.

In Brooklyn, the Community Newspaper Group also includes the Courier Life chain. Both Courier Life and The Brooklyn Paper will soon be housed in the same office in the Metrotech complex Downtown, Goodstein said.

Brooklyn Paper Publisher Ed Weintrob said he was pleased to sell his family run business to “real newspaper people.”

“These are very tough times in the newspaper business, but News Corp. is that rare company that actually believes in newspapers,” he told the staff last week. “I would not have sold the paper if I did not believe they are truly committed to it.”

Updated 5:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

vee from clinton hill/bed stuy says:
Does Rupert Murdoch have to continue to own all the media in New York?
March 12, 2009, 6:10 pm
Norman Oder says:
Will the Brooklyn Paper keep reporting on political contributions made by the Courier-Life's publisher?
March 12, 2009, 9:36 pm
freddy from slope says:
get over it people.

the owners wanted out. someone graced them with an offer they could live with. just like every mom and pop shop in the boro eventually.

dont worry about the dumbing down of anything. it wont matter. its not like there wont be competition if they continue to do the job they have been doing. the signal to noise ratio here is so low that no one will notice as it lowers even more.

remember you get what you pay for. oh yeah, its free.
March 13, 2009, 7:57 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Terrible news.

To Freddy: A free newspaper could also be a good newspaper - though I agree with your point that this paper couldn't be dumbed down any more than it already has been.

Still I find this development very unsettling.
March 13, 2009, 11:24 am
laura from staten island says:
Rubert made the best investment!!! The Brooklyn Paper and all the staff are one of the most entertaining and interesting reads I have experienced in a very long time!!
I wish you all the best of luck and ALWAYS STAY TRUE TO BROOKLYN!! THATS WHAT THIS PAPER DOES BEST!! ED, CELIA, GERSH, MIKE and this rest of the really are the TRUE BROOKLYNITES!!!

March 13, 2009, 7 pm
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
This puts a cramp on my boycott of the NY Post.
March 13, 2009, 10:31 pm
Joey D from Sheepshead Bay says:
Forget whether the Paper will bang Courier Life, will Norman Oder actually ever give both sides of a story on his blog, which is a good read but so slanted. Did someone say Kansas City Nets? Oh, Norman said it -- or will.
March 14, 2009, 4:14 pm
Mike from Sheepshead Bay says:
Does this mean that the Paper has to refer to itself as "New York Post owned?" since it did with Bay News? Let's ask Norman, he has all answers :)
March 14, 2009, 4:18 pm
freddy from slope says: slanted?

unbiased coverage means seeking out the story wherever it is. the anti-ratner people have less to hide. so less of a story. do you really think that the people fighting this project warrant as much coverage as the purported influence peddling(or dare i say corruption) participants?

just because norman doesnt give up the scent doesnt make him biased. it makes him determined. maybe we should all be so determined.
March 14, 2009, 4:43 pm
Norman Oder says:
Curious how my Sheepshead Bay readers ignore the question I raised--which followed up from the BPaper's own reporting.
March 15, 2009, 9:09 am
Norman Oder says:
There are more questions that the Brooklyn Paper has raised in the past--and which it may not raise in the future:
March 15, 2009, 9:47 am
Moishe from Crown Heights says:
Will the Brooklyn Paper now be able to pay its employees?
March 15, 2009, 10:31 am
Brian from Crown Heights says:
Gersh Kuntzman, 2006: "Brooklyn needs us too much right now, what with local papers being snapped up by billionaire moguls who have no interest in local news except maximizing classified ad sales. Has Rupert Murdoch even BEEN to Brooklyn? His reporters don't know the territory, either."

Gersh Kuntzman, 2009: "We're very excited."
March 16, 2009, 10:50 am
Norman Oder says:
Will the Brooklyn Paper start distributing the Brooklyn Tomorrow advertorial produced by the Courier-Life and previously distributed both in the C-L and the Post?
March 22, 2009, 10:10 am
Big Ron from Bensonhurst says:
Will Norman Oder get a real job?
March 24, 2009, 12:21 am
jp from park slope says:
now that this rag is owned by fox...boycott it!! in fact, boycott all 20th century fascists...20th century fox, fox searchlight, fox sports, fox television, wall street journal, new york post, fox business channel, and of course fox news. fight against and don't enrich right wing propaganda.
April 7, 2010, 12:30 am
The future from is now says:
Glad Weintraub can still be living high on the hog. Let's take a look at what News Corp has done with it since the purchase. Staff gone, for sale sign dangling.

Guess they weren't that committed after all, Edvard.
Feb. 24, 2014, 5:12 pm

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