Three newspapers closed by the parent of the Los Angeles Times this month have been purchased by the owner of the Outlook Newspaper Group.
Terms of the deal between California Times and Outlook, in La Cañada-Flintridge, were not disclosed.
Charlie Plowman, owner of the newspaper chain, said he was thrilled to have bought the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun.
“I heard the outpouring from local residents, as to how much they love these publications, and want to support them,” Plowman said in a statement.
Outlook publishes weekly newspapers for Pasadena, La Cañada-Flintridge, San Marino and South Pasadena. The La Cañada Valley Sun will be combined with the existing paper and renamed the La Cañada Outlook Valley Sun.
The chain’s goal is to increase coverage of the Burbank and Glendale papers and expand coverage of La Cañada with the combined newspaper, Plowman said.
“We feel that local journalism is critical to the life of a healthy city,” Plowman continued in his statement. “What readers will see in the months to come is our commitment to quality journalism as we cover local events, write feature stories, perform investigative reporting and highlight the community’s youth through their achievements in academics, athletics and the arts.”
California Times closed the three papers this month due to struggling ad sales and the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are happy that these longstanding newspapers will continue, and that readers in Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada will continue to receive local coverage of their communities,” said California Times President Chris Argentieri in a statement.