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June 4, 2023

Hearst completes JI acquisition; offers jobs to half of newspaper’s staff

Contributed Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Hearst Connecticut Media Group announced Saturday that it completed its acquisition of the Journal Inquirer, and offered jobs to about half of the Manchester-based newspaper’s existing staff.

The move brings Hearst’s Connecticut newsroom staff count to about 170 people, the media company said. The JI is Hearst’s eighth Connecticut daily newspaper. 

The company has been an active buyer in the state, having previously gobbled up the Norwalk Hour, New Haven Register and Connecticut Magazine. 

In total, Hearst Connecticut said it operates 16 websites and more than 20 print publications, including a number of weekly newspapers. 

Hearst said the JI will continue to be published six days a week, but will be delivered via the U.S. Postal Service instead of by newspaper carriers.

The Journal Inquirer was founded by publisher Neil Ellis and his wife, Elizabeth Ellis, in 1968 when they merged the weekly Rockville Journal and South Windsor Inquirer into a daily publication.

According to Hearst Connecticut, Neil Ellis said the family decided to sell the newspaper after his wife died in 2020 at the age of 92.

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