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CHARLESTON – The parent company of The Herald-Dispatch has thrown its hat into the ring as a potential buyer of Charleston Newspapers. HD Media Co. LLC, which publishes the Huntington daily newspaper as well as several other smaller papers across southern West Virginia, filed documents Tuesday, March 6, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to buy the Charleston Gazette-Mail. March 6 was the final day interested parties could file as interested parties and make bids.
CHARLESTON – In less than one week, bids are due from potential buyers for Charleston Newspapers. If Ogden Newspapers is, as expected, the sole bidder for the March 6 U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing, it becomes the new owner of the parent company of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The March 8 auction would be cancelled.
CHARLESTON – A federal arbitrator’s nearly $4 million ruling sheds more light on how Charleston became a one-newspaper town. In his filing, Arbitrator Edward D. McDevitt of Charleston provides some details about what happened internally at Charleston Newspapers when executives were deciding to shut down the Charleston Daily Mail and merge it with the Charleston Gazette. In closing his 16-page order, McDevitt writes that a newspaper expert used by Charleston Newspapers determined that the authority to cease publication of the Charleston Daily Mail “did not exist.”
WINFIELD – A Putnam County judge says the Charleston Gazette-Mail does not have to turn over information regarding this summer’s merger of two daily newspaper to the state Attorney General’s office. Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers on Nov. 4 said probable cause was needed before the Daily Gazette Co. possibly would be forced to hand over the information about July’s merger of the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office filed a petition Aug. 13, say
CHARLESTON – Democrats are criticizing a recent hiring by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, but an AG spokesman says they don’t have the facts straight. Last month, Morrisey’s office hired veteran political strategist Lance Henderson to serve as his deputy chief of staff, which is a newly created position.