The Adams Publishing group is fast becoming the “St. Lukes” of the news business in Idaho. They have as many newspapers as St. Lukes has medical facilities.
The Adams family chain purchased the Boise Weekly Wednesday, adding another link in the growing chain of daily and weekly newspapers owned by the group throughout southern Idaho. No details about price were revealed, but the announcement claimed Sally Freeman will remain publisher of the liberal leaning “alternative weekly.”
The WEEKLY offices in Boise will be the base of operations for the staff hired by the IDAHO PRESS to cover police, county, city hall and other local news sources. The Idaho Press has made no bones about challenging the IDAHO STATESMAN for local coverage on the printed page.
The Statesman has been without a printing press for quite a few years. It was printed at the Idaho Press Tribune along with a bunch of other newspapers, but that deal was terminated in the past year, forcing the Statesman to find ink and paper 120 miles to the east in Twin Falls. Circulation has dropped to about 30,000. Back about 1970 the Statesman could be purchased from Riggins to Rexburg every day and circulation was over 60,000 (70,000 on Sundays) while the population was about one third of today’s booming market.
The Adams folks own dailies in Idaho Falls and Pocatello and a bunch of weeklies, including Kuna-Melba, Meridian, Emmett and now Boise. Adams is by far the largest newspaper publisher in Idaho.The trend of hiring more reporters and increasing printed newspaper coverage and circulation is contrary to the national trend.
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