Adams Publishing Group is purchasing Bliss Communications’ two dailies, The Gazette in Janesville and The EagleHerald in Marinette (Wisconsin), along with weeklies The Janesville Messenger, The Wisconsin/Illinois Stateline News and Walworth County Sunday, The Gazette reported.
The final transaction is expected to take place in mid-June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very excited to have the Bliss newspapers join the Adams family of newspapers," said Mark Adams, Adams Publishing Group CEO. "The communities served by Bliss are exactly the type of cities and counties that we look for as we continue to expand our company, and each of these markets fits well with other publishing properties we own in the great state of Wisconsin.”
Adams Publishing Group has 30 daily papers, more than 100 non-dailies and other entities in 20 states.
Bliss is selling its radio stations, WCLO and WJVL, to Ben Thompson, CEO of Big Radio, The Gazette reported. Thompson is part of a father/son team running eight radio stations from Janesville, Wisconsin.