Kings sell Observer

  • Aug. 25, 2014 9:00 a.m.

The Observer has been sold to Black Press Group Ltd., owners Jeff and Dianne King announced on Tuesday. The change in ownership will take effect on September 1. The Kings have owned and operated the Observer since 1985.”After 29 years, it’s time to do something different, to face new challenges,” Mr. King said, “Black Press is a savvy newspaper operator, with the expertise to see that the Observer does well in the coming years”.”We are so pleased with the natural fit the Observer will have with our operations,” said Lorie Williston, President of Black Press BC North, “the paper has been an important part of island life for almost 50 years, and will continue to be under our ownership”. Black Press is the largest independently owned newspaper company in Canada, with more than 150 titles and 3,500 employees. It operates the Northern View in Prince Rupert and has its head office is in Surrey.Jeff King will remain with the Observer for a two month transition period, and will continue to write feature articles for the paper.The Observer has had only two owners so far; Doug and Mabel Leach (1969-1985) and Jeff and Dianne King (1985-2014). Starting September 2, it will have its third.

Just Posted

Tahltan reach benefits agreement over Seabridge’s massive KSM gold mine project

$308M agreement provides additional billions for Tahltan jobs, contracts

Haida Gwaii support workers strike deal with school district

New agreement will be in effect for the next three years

Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital to get secure room for psychiatric patients

Cost anticipated at close to $1 million for Masset hospital

B.C. oil tanker ban squeaks through final vote in Senate

Bill C-48 bars oil tankers from loading at ports on B.C’s north coast

Queen Charlotte explores banning single use plastics

Council seeking community input on options to reduce plastic waste

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

B.C. residents rethinking summer road trips due to gas prices

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read