Monday, November 16, 2009

Largest U.S. Gay Newspaper Publisher Closes

Window Media, America's largest publisher of newspapers serving the gay and lesbian community, has shut down and plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

AP reports:
Employees arrived at work Monday morning to find out about the sudden end to the newspapers owned by Window Media LLC. At Southern Voice newspaper in Atlanta, editor Laura Douglas-Brown said the locks were changed at her office and a note was posted on the door. She said the company's other publications — including the Washington Blade, Houston Voice and South Florida Blade — were also being closed.

Just last month, the Washington Blade, the oldest newspaper in the U.S. for gays and lesbians with a circulation of 30,000, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Former editor Kevin Naff said he was greeted Monday morning by Window Media corporate employees who told him of the company's demise. He said the staff was planning to meet Tuesday to discuss starting another gay newspaper under a new name. "We are united," Naff said by telephone. "It's sad what's happened but hopefully there's a new door about to open." READ MORE

Several US gay newspapers abruptly shut down reports:
The United States' largest gay newspaper publisher has ceased operations, but former employees are already planning new publications to fill the void. READ MORE