The media landscape in Loudoun itself made news June 17, as a newly combined multimedia news franchise entered the scene and instantly transformed the dynamics of news content and distribution.
Peter Arundel, President and CEO of Times Community News, announced that Loudoun’s two largest newspapers – the Loudoun Times-Mirror and the Loudoun Independent – are merging their online and print operations to create a unique multimedia offering to serve Loudoun residents and advertisers.
“This is a watershed moment in the long history of journalism in Loudoun,” said Arundel. “It’s a game-changer that transforms the existing media dynamics of the county.”
Arundel assumes full management of the two newspapers. The Times-Mirror will continue to be published on Wednesday, while the Independent will publish on Friday.
The agreement was announced by privately-owned ArCom Publishing Inc., which owns Times Community News. The Times-Mirror is one of several publications across Northern Virginia that is owned and operated by TCN.
The Independent is owned by M. C. Dean of Dulles, a leading engineering and integration firm. As part of the agreement between ArCom Publishing and M. C. Dean, William H. Dean – President and CEO of the company – will become an investor in ArCom Publishing, and will hold a seat on its Board of Directors.
“Peter Arundel is a premier publisher who understands the business, evolving demographics and where the media industry is going. The merger of the Times-Mirror and the Independent is a timely and strategic move that makes sense on various levels. This collaboration will allow us to more fully develop a comprehensive, multilayered media model that fuses high-quality news content with advanced technology.”
Arundel also announced that Nicholas Graham has been appointed as the new executive editor for both the Times-Mirror and the Independent, overseeing both the print and website news and editorial operations.
Graham’s previous position was editor-at-large at the Times-Mirror. Before that, he was a writer at the Loudoun Easterner newspaper in 2009. Graham served as a senior communications executive at both AOL, LLC of Dulles, and also at search engine Ask.com, a unit of IAC Corp. Graham was also a senior Capitol Hill aide from 1993-1999.
“Our new diversified media company will define excellence in 21st Century,” Arundel said. “It will become Loudoun’s ‘one-stop shop’ for premium local news content, and offer a personalized sales force tailored to its advertisers to continue market leadership.”
The combined audience reach of both print publications is over 135,000 residents across Loudoun. The http://www.LoudounTimes.com and www.LoudounI.com websites reach tens of thousands more Loudoun residents.
The Independent will maintain its current strong base of advertisers, its http://www.LoudounI.com website operation, and serve as an independent editorial voice in Loudoun County. Amy Burns will continue in her role as Publisher of the Independent, which was founded in 2005.
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