The Newtown Advance and BucksLocalNews.com will have a new owner in April, pending a judge's approval of the company's bankruptcy sale.
The Associated Press reported that Journal Register Company, which owns The Advance, has sought a judge's approval to be purchased by 21st CMH Acquisition Co. for about $120 million.
21st CMH Acquisition Co. was the sole bidder in an auction to purchase the Yardley-based company, which filed for bankruptcy last September. The company had previously filed for bankruptcy in 2009. CEO John Paton cited onerous building leases and other "legacy obligations" as a factor in the most recent bankruptcy filing.
Citing an article in the New Haven Register, Journal Register Company's flagship newspaper, Crain's Business reports that the new owner “will decide which of the company's employees it wants to retain” as the sale moves forward.
One of the company's Philadelphia-area papers, the Delaware County Times, reported that the company's employees had all received termination notices as required under state law. A company spokesperson told the paper that there will not necessarily be changes in staffing at any of its newspapers.
The company publishes 19 daily newspapers in 10 states, including six in the greater Philadelphia region.
The sale is expected to be completed by April 17.