Argus parent company completes deal to buy 19 Freedom newspapers

Halifax Media Group completed a deal Wednesday to purchase eight daily newspapers and 11 weekly publications in Florida and North Carolina from Freedom Communications.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Halifax Media, which acquired The Press Democrat, the Petaluma Argus-Courier and the North Bay Business Journal in January when it bought the New York Times Regional Media Group, now owns 36 newspapers in six states, primarily in the southeast United States.

Founded in 2010, Halifax Media has become the nation's 15th largest newspaper publisher, based on circulation. With its purchase of the Freedom newspapers, Halifax Media will expand its daily circulation to 635,000 and Sunday circulation to 752,000.

"We believe in the future of newspapers, both in print and online. We have to be great at both. These newspapers embody Halifax Media Group's philosophy for providing local news that no one else can deliver," Halifax Media CEO Michael Redding said in a statement.

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