Wick Communications has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell its Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business publications to 10/13 Communications, the parent company of The Explorer. Terms of the transaction were not announced.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is representing Wick Communications in the transaction.
Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business are the leading alternative and business publications in the greater Tucson marketplace. Tucson Weekly has distribution of approximately 40,000 in the greater Tucson area and 2.4 million annual unique website visitors. Inside Tucson Business is published weekly and has total qualified circulation of nearly 5,000.
Earlier this month 10/13 Communications LLC acquired three other local publications, Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and related websites from Tucson West Publishing, Inc. a division of News Media Corporation.
“The addition of Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business is great for our company and for increasing our reach and effectiveness for advertisers in the Tucson market,” said Randy Miller, president of 10/13 Communications. “With these publications and websites, along with the Explorer that dominates the northwest area and our other recent acquisitions, our Tucson Local Media group is positioned to be the number one media company in Tucson.”
10/13 Communications publications boast hyper-local reporting and an innovative distribution model. Its Arizona Local Media group includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, the Daily News-Sun, Glendale Today, Peoria Today, Surprise Today, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Clipper Marketplace and U and Your Home in Phoenix, together with the Arizona Interactive Media Group, and the Explorer, Marana News, Foothills News and Desert TImes in suburban Tucson. 10/13 Communications also publishes forty newspapers in Texas through Star Local Media in Dallas and its Houston Community Newspapers group.
Wick Communications is a family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines and niche specialty publications in 11 states. The home offices are in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and publishes newspapers in Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Dakota.