CityBeat on March 2 was acquired by SouthComm Inc., a Nashville-based publishing company that owns and operates alternative weeklies in six mid-sized Midwestern and Southern markets.
CityBeat is the sixth altweekly in the company’s portfolio, joining Nashville Scene, LEO Weekly in Louisville, The Pitch in Kansas City and Creative Loafing papers in Charlotte and Tampa. CityBeat will continue to be locally operated, and Publisher Dan Bockrath will remain in his role leading the newspaper and its other entities, including the MidPoint Music Festival and A-Line Magazine.
“After years of operating this paper independently, I am excited to have a peer group of publishers to share ideas with and learn from,” Bockrath said. “The other SouthComm papers are some of the best in the country in markets the size of ours. I think the best years of CityBeat are still in front of us.
I am very energized by this acquisition.”
SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell noted CityBeat’s body of work and the potential of the Cincinnati market
“CityBeat has a long history of covering the local government, music, arts, and culture scene in Cincinnati,” Ferrell said. “We look forward to having them as part of the SouthComm family of publications. We are excited to expand into Cincinnati, which is a very good city for us to build out our model of having multiple niche publications in each market.”For more information, visit CityBeat’s Staff Blog for Editor Danny Cross’ thoughts on the acquisition and its meaning for readers.