The Thomson family has sold The Delaware Gazette Company to Brown Publishing Co., a Cincinnati-based newspaper group, according to John Cribb, Cribb & Associates, who represented the sellers in the transaction.
The sale of The Delaware Gazette marks the end of the Thomson’s 170-year, six generation ownership of Delaware County’s only daily newspaper, a tenure that had made the Gazette the oldest, continuously owned family newspaper in the United States.
The Gazette was founded as a weekly in 1818; Abram Thomson became part owner in 1834 and sole owner in 1836.
Brown Publishing Co.’s acquisition also includes the weekly Sunbury News and MidOhio.Net, a regional Internet service provider based at the Gazette.
“I speak for the entire Thomson family when I say we are deeply thankful for the opportunity we have had to serve as owners of Delaware County’s only daily newspaper,” said W. D. “Tom” Thomson, who retired in January 2002, but retained the title of publisher. “We are a very strong, close-knit family and that will not change. We will continue our involvement in the Delaware community.”
H.C. “Chip” Thomson III, who had served as vice president of finance, said, “Brown Publishing Co. will provide resources that a small family-owned operation simply cannot.”
Thomas T. Thomson, vice president of operations, said “it is simply the right time” for the change of ownership.
“The fact that Brown also is family-owned is a plus,” he said.
Roy Brown, CEO of Brown Publishing, said the company is excited about its entry into the Delaware County market.
“We are extremely pleased to add the Gazette and its employees to our family of newspapers,” Brown said. “The Gazette has a long tradition of excellence, and we are honored to have been chosen by the Thomsons to succeed to its ownership.”
The Gazette has earned the Ohio Associated Press first-place General Excellence Award in its division three times since 1990 and has been among the top three daily newspapers 11 years during that period. Since the first General Excellence Award, Gazette staff members have received more than 30 individual AP first-place awards for investigative, enterprise and business reporting, as well as photography, features, columns, editorials, special sections, headlines and page design.
Brown Publishing is an 84-year-old, family-owned company which operates 67 newspapers entirely within Ohio. It publishes 17 paid daily newspapers and 50 paid and free weekly newspapers, and provides extensive commercial printing services.
Brown Publishing newspapers have a paid daily circulation of 110,053 and a paid weekly circulation of 77,450. Approximately 700,000 households, representing 1.5 million Ohio residents, receive at least one Brown newspaper product each week.
Cribb & Associates is a newspaper brokerage firm with offices in Montana, Virginia and Florida.