M. Roberts Media has bought The Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas).
M. Roberts Media is a family-owned newspaper group that operates the Longview News-Journal, Marshall News Messenger, Panola Watchman and the Victoria Advocate in Texas. The new ownership was to take effect Dec. 1. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Media merger firm Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, based in New Mexico, represented T.B. Butler Publishing Company in the transaction.
“To see an ownership transition to another family and community-minded operator is a great thing for our staff and customers,” said Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph has been in publication since 1929, but the company traces its roots to 1877. In 1910, Tyler businessman T.B. Butler acquired the newspaper. That began family ownership that has lasted more than a century. “The ability to have had family ownership for 108 years is something our family has counted as a tremendous privilege and it’s a responsibility we’ve taken seriously,” Clyde said.