We heard the rumor a couple of weeks ago and started poking around, and just today got confirmation from the most reliable of sources:
Yes, we just closed on the Free Times in Columbia! We are putting out a press release as I am sending this. We are super excited about the acquisition and look forward to growing in the Columbia market!
The Post and Courier
This is good news, following on the most terrible of news. In the wake of Charlie Nutt’s shocking death, many had worried about what would become of the alternative weekly and the good folks who work there.
It’s good to know that an outfit as steady and successful as the P&C will now be publishing the paper.
Here’s some additional info about changes to come, from the news story published on the P&C website:
Chris Ratliff has been named publisher and advertising director. Ratliff has more than 15 years of media industry experience, most recently as advertising director for the Salisbury Post newspaper in North Carolina.
Also, Andy Shain has been named editor of the Free Times. Shain has nearly 30 years of experience as an editor and reporter. Most recently, he was the politics, government and higher education reporter for The State newspaper in Columbia. In his new role, Shain also becomes editor of PalmettoPolitics.com, a political news website created by The Post and Courier.