Fletcher to sell Worcester Magazine

posted by Mike on August 19th, 2008

From Worcester Magazine’s blog:

After 15 years of steady ownership, Worcester Magazine has been sold to the Holden Landmark Corporation, owner of The Landmark, Bay State Parent, Fitchburg Pride, among others.

Update: Jeff Barnard disses the Landmark website, but I gotta say, I have been a longtime subscriber to the Save Fitchburg blog, which the Pride is involved with. To me that’s a good sign. On the other hand, WoMag has gotten somewhat better over the past year (with much room for improvement), and I’d hate to see this sale derail that trend.

Michael T. does not agree with this naysaying.

Another update: Worcester Business Journal article.

Update #3: The T&G coverage has some pluses and minuses. It starts out all wrong:

Worcester Magazine, the city’s alternative news and arts weekly . . . .

What I wrote three years ago about WoMag is still true today–it’s not “alternative.”

A couple interesting passages:

[WoMag is] profitable this year with a 30 percent increase in revenues over last year.

Former editor Walter Crockett says:

“Now, the prospects of having solid journalism and solid arts reporting will be the slimmest they’ve been in the history of the magazine, but maybe they’ll surprise me.”

Jeff Barnard has a couple more comments.

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4 Comments Leave a comment.

  1. On August 19, 2008 at 14:47 Jeff said:

    The “Michael T.” link goes nowhere…

  2. On August 19, 2008 at 14:50 Mike said:

    Fixed.

    You know, time was, news like this would leak to me the day before. This blog had so little distance to fall, and yet it has :)

  3. On August 19, 2008 at 14:56 Jeff said:

    Tnx in re da link.

    This news looks like it could’ve been leaked for a whole month.

  4. On August 19, 2008 at 15:36 Tracy said:

    They kept a tight lid on it.

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