The Block Island Times joins R.I. Suburban Newspapers

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 5:00pm
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Feb. 1 - In a deal inked today, The Block Island Times has been acquired by Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers from CCC Media, joining a family of publications across the state that includes several daily and weekly newspapers.

The Block Island Times was founded in 1970 by Publisher Dan Rattiner and Editor Margaret Cabell Self and has been owned by CCC Media since 2016. Besides the weekly paper, The Block Island Times publishes four free summer editions and other annual publications including the magazines Block Island Weddings and the Block Island Dining Guide.

RISN was formed in 2007, purchasing several local papers including The Kent County Daily Times, The Woonsocket Call, and the Narragansett Times from the Journal Register Company. Since then, it expanded its holdings in 2018 to include The Independent and The Westerly Sun. It also owns several other papers, mainly in Rhode Island.

Jody Boucher, Regional Publisher for RISN says: “The Block Island Times is a perfect addition to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, joining our family of community-oriented, locally-focused newspapers covering Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. We are so excited to have the opportunity to serve Block Island and its residents, business owners and visitors.”

We are committed to continuing the tradition of journalistic integrity The Times has offered the island for over 51 years, and we believe the addition to our family of papers will strengthen and increase the reach of readership in the years to come.”

I look forward to meeting the island’s residents, businesses and organizations over the next few months.”

CCC Media Publisher Michael Schroeder said: “I am honored to have served the island for the past five years and work aside the talented and committed staff, and thank our readers and our clients for their supportive partnership. I know that Jody and the new owners have the same commitment to this special place.”

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

For more questions, or to reach Jody Boucher, please email jboucher@ricentral.com.