Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers acquires two Connecticut dailies

Press release | Dirks, Van Essen & April

Central Connecticut Communications today announced the sale of The Bristol Press/The New Britain Herald and the Chronicle in Willimantic to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, also known as RISN Operations. Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers previously acquired the weekly Block Island Times from Central Connecticut Communications in February.

Dirks, Van Essen & April, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based media merger and acquisition firm, represented Central Connecticut Communications in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Central Connecticut Communications had owned The New Britain Herald and The Bristol Press since 2009. Although they are currently published together as one daily, the two titles were founded in 1882. The Chronicle, which has been publishing since 1877, has was acquired by Central Connecticut. Communications in 2017.

Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers and its subsidiaries operate newspapers in several states. Nearby operations include The Westerly Sun, The Kent County Daily Times, The Call of Woonsocket, The Times of Pawtucket, Independent and Southern RI Newspapers.

“We are thrilled to welcome the titles of Central Connecticut Communications to our southern New England family of newspapers,” said John Layton, general manager of Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers. “We will continue to provide excellent coverage to our readers and advertising opportunities to local businesses in Willimantic, Bristol, New Britain and surrounding communities.”

“I am thrilled that Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers has chosen to serve our cities and towns,” said Michael Schroeder, publisher and owner of Central Connecticut Communications. “We have had the pleasure of publishing what we believe to be strong and responsible newspapers and websites for the past 13 years, led by a staff of whom I could not be more proud. We wish them all the best for many years to come. still as the foundation of freedom for central and eastern Connecticut.