Tribune Publishing Co. (NYSE: TPUB) has acquired 38 news brands from Wrapports LLC for an undisclosed amount.
Tribune is buying six daily and 32 weekly publications, including the Aurora Beacon-News, the Elgin Courier-News, the Lake County News-Sun, the Naperville Sun, the Post-Tribune and the SouthtownStar.
All of the publications will become part of the Chicago Tribune Media Group, which operates the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Chicago magazine, Hoy and other Chicago-based media brands. Tribune appointed Bob Fleck, who worked at the Chicago Tribune for 22 years, as publisher and general manager of the acquired group.
Tribune, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2012, has also purchased the Carroll County Times, Capital Gazette, City Paper and 15 weekly news publications from Reminder Media.
The weekly newspapers acquired in the deal are: Barrington Courier Review; Buffalo Grove Countryside; Deerfield Review; The Doings Clarendon Hills Edition; The Doings Hinsdale Edition; The Doings La Grange Edition; The Doings Oak Brook Edition; The Doings Weekly Edition; The Doings Western Springs Edition; Elmwood Park Elm Leaves; Evanston Review; River Forest Forest Leaves; Franklin Park Herald-Journal; Glencoe News; Glenview Announcements; Highland Park News; Lake Forester; Lake Zurich Courier; Libertyville Review; Lincolnshire Review; Lincolnwood Review; Morton Grove Champion; Mundelein Review; Niles Herald-Spectator; Norridge-Harwood Heights News; Northbrook Star; Oak Park Oak Leaves; Park Ridge Herald-Advocate; Skokie Review; Vernon Hills Review; Wilmette Life and Winnetka Talk.
Other recent media deals include Penske Media Corp.'s purchase of the Fairchild Fashion Media group, including Women's Wear Daily (WWD) in August, and Observer Capital's purchase of SourceMedia, Mergers & Acquisitions publisher, also in August.