Fri. 5:15 p.m.: Tribune Chronicle, Vindicator reach agreement
An agreement has been reached for the Tribune Chronicle to acquire The Vindicator’s subscription list, The Vindicator name and the Vindy.com internet domain.
Mark Brown, general manager of The Vindicator made the announcement Friday afternoon.
The agreement clears the way for the Tribune Chronicle to produce an edition under the name of The Vindicator. The Tribune Chronicle will provide a newspaper for the remainder of the unexpired term of all subscribers of The Vindicator. Readers will then have the option to renew their subscriptions.
The owners of The Vindicator announced on June 28 the newspaper, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, would cease publication Aug. 31. The Tribune Chronicle announced on July 16 that it would attempt to fill the void left by the closure of The Vindicator by publishing a Mahoning County edition beginning Sept. 1.
Brown said, “We have always felt strongly about the need to have a local newspaper. 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,” said Brown. “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.”
Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle said, “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. We look forward to delivering approximately 30,000 of the new Vindicator editions to the people who have supported The Vindicator through the years and have developed a printed newspaper-reading habit.”
The Tribune Chronicle has been planning increased coverage of Mahoning County and has added considerable resources to get that done.
Many of The Vindicator’s features, including all of the daily comics and most of the Sunday comics, will be included in The Vindicator edition, as well as breaking news, community news, obituaries, entertainment news and local sports.
Together, the Trumbull and the Mahoning editions of the Tribune Chronicle will provide advertisers with a combined reach of nearly 50,000 households.
The Tribune Chronicle plans to contract with as many current Vindicator carriers as possible in order to provide a seamless transition on Sept. 1. Hundreds of people have already reached out to the Tribune Chronicle to subscribe to the announced Mahoning County edition. If those who have subscribed are current Vindicator subscribers, the Tribune Chronicle will extend the expiration of The Vindicator subscriptions.