Also included in the purchase are all associated websites and the company’s Midwest digital business. APG acquired the properties from Idaho-based Hagadone Newspapers, owner of the Beloit Daily News since 1969.
“We are very excited to have the Beloit newspapers join the Adams group of newspapers,” Adams Publishing Group CEO Mark Adams said. “The Beloit Daily News’ longtime associates have served the Beloit community well and we look forward to continuing that tradition. Beloit is exactly the type of community we look for as we continue to expand our company, and this market fits well with other publishing properties we own in the great state of Wisconsin.”
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The Beloit Daily News traces back to a series of newspapers founded in the 1840s. By 1915, the competing newspapers had all been consolidated under the banner of the Beloit Daily News. In January 1969, Duane Hagadone and the Hagadone Corporation purchased the Daily News from the Walter Strong family. The Daily News was the first daily newspaper in Wisconsin with a website, which launched in June 1995.
“The Beloit Daily News is an award-winning publication,” said APG Central Division President Jeff Patterson. “We look forward to working with the talented staff in Beloit and uniting their efforts with our other award-winning publications in Wisconsin.”
In southeastern Wisconsin, APG currently operates daily newspapers in Fort Atkinson and Watertown, and weeklies in Sun Prairie, Waterloo, Cottage Grove, Cambridge, Lake Mills, Milton, Waunakee, DeForest and Lodi. It also recently announced an agreement with Bliss Communications to purchase The Gazette in Janesville, the EagleHerald in Marinette, and its weekly publications.
Adams Publishing Group owns and operates 30 daily newspapers and over 100 weekly newspapers in 20 states. In addition to its community newspaper company, the Adams family operates radio stations, outdoor advertising, a wine distribution business, Camping World, Good Sam Club, and Gander Outdoors.