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Sun Coast Media Group purchases Highlands Today
Newspaper will continue to operate under local ownership
TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The owners of Sun Coast Media Group have acquired Highlands Today. The newspaper group, which is owned by the Dunn-Rankin Family, will assume responsibility for all Highlands Today operations in a gradual transition that will ensure readers experience no service interruptions.
The Tampa Bay Times assumed ownership of Highlands Today in May when it purchased the Tampa Tribune. The Times sells about 9,000 newspapers in Highlands County.
“Highlands Today is a much better geographic fit for Sun Coast Media Group than it is for the Times Company,” said Paul Tash, chairman and chief executive of the Times. “We have high regard for the Dunn-Rankins’ commitment to local journalism and know that Highlands Today is in good hands.”
The Times focuses its coverage on a four-county region in the bay area that includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. After a 30-day transition period, the Times will no longer circulate in Highlands County.
“We are excited to welcome Highlands Today to our small, family-owned community newspaper group,” said David Dunn-Rankin, president of Sun Coast Media Group. “Highlands is the kind of Florida community we love – great values and traditions mixed with pride. We’ve long wanted to have Highlands Today to join our Highland News, Sun and Lake Placid papers already in Highlands.”
About the Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America and has won 12 Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper and is the 5th largest newspaper in the country on Sundays, with an average circulation of 479,898 and 275,547 daily (AAM Annual Audit 2015). The Times also publishes tampabay.com - Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site with about 2.7 million unique visitors each month (comScore six-month average for 7/15-9/15) and tbo.com. Additionally, the company publishes the free daily tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, PolitiFact.com; and offers special events, specialty publications, and targeted advertising programs.