The online news site GoLo­cal­Prov is taking a well-​​deserved vic­tory lap now that it’s been announced that Gate­House Media will acquire the Prov­i­dence Journal from A.H. Belo of Dallas for $46 mil­lion. GoLo­cal­Prov reported on June 13 that the sale was immi­nent. But there the matter stood until Tuesday, when we learned that the Journal had been sold to GateHouse’s parent, New Media Invest­ment Group.

As I told Ted Nesi of WPRI​.com, I think it’s a shame that some way couldn’t be found for the Journal to return to local own­er­ship — a lost oppor­tu­nity, just as it was when John Henry sold the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester to Hal­ifax Media Group of Day­tona Beach, Florida, ear­lier this year. There is no sub­sti­tute for a news­paper that is fully invested in the com­mu­nity. I have no doubt that cuts will follow, just as they did when New Media/​GateHouse last year pur­chased Rupert Murdoch’s Dow Jones com­mu­nity papers, including the Cape Cod Times and the Standard-​​Times of New Bedford.

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