Tribune Publishing restores Daily Southtown name to southside paper
Tribune relaunches six suburban dailies, acquired as part of deal with rival Sun-Times that included new print contract
The publisher and general manager of Chicago Tribune Suburban Media, Bob Fleck, today told readers of the major changes the publisher has introduced today to its newly acquired suburban newspapers. One of those changes involves changing the name of the Southtown Star back to the Daily Southtown.
“We restored the name Daily Southtown because we felt that title connected most deeply with the communities we cover,” Fleck told readers. “The Daily Southtown nurtured a tradition of journalistic excellence, and we are eager to measure our new selves against that respected standard.”
Tribune Publishing acquired the group of suburban daily and weekly newspapers as part of a $23 million deal with its tabloid rival, the Sun-Times, owned by Wrapports LLC.
As part of the change, the daily papers are being transformed from tabloids back to broadsheets. Besides the Saily Southtown, the other papers impacted are the Aurora Beacon-News, the Elgin Courier-News, the Lake County News-Sun, the Naperville Sun, and the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune. Each paper also receives the Chicago Tribune website treatment (for good or ill).
“The new site is easier to navigate, fast and clean on mobile devices, and perfectly at home within chicagotribune.com, meaning you’re just a click away from the comprehensive Chicagoland coverage that only the Tribune can provide,” Fleck told readers.
Fleck, who has been at work at the Tribune Company since 1992, comes from the ad side of the business and was promoted to Executive Vice President – Chief Revenue Officer in 2013. He is a local, having graduated from Elmhurst College in 1999.