Tue, Jan 30, 2024 8:34 PM

Sun sells to out of region buyer


Staff reporter

The Blenheim Sun newspaper has been sold, Marlborough Weekly understands.

The Sun was owned by Leslie and Katrina Whiteside, but, after some time on the market, they have sold the paper to Dunedin-based Allied Press.

Stuff, which published the Midweek and Saturday Express newspapers, is owned in Wellington. Both papers were recently amalgamated into one, the Weekend Express.

The sale of the Sun means the Marlborough Weekly continues to be the only locally owned and operated newspaper in the region.

Marlborough Weekly co-owner Summa Donald says the change of ownership of the Sun just reinforces how important it is that local ownership of media continues.

“We’re really proud that the Marlborough Weekly is the region’s only locally owned newspaper and supports the community that we are glad to be a part of.

“We’re on a mission to be the best source of local news and information for our readers and be the best possible platform for local businesses and organisations to advertise what they do.

“We will continue to strive towards that goal.”

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