Tribune and Sun Times in possible merger.

Sun-Times Buys 17% Stake In Tribune

By Ken Hare

Chicago Defender Staff Writer

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Sun Times owner, Michael Ferro, has recently purchased $44.4 million investment into Tribune Publishing making him the largest stakeholder in the company. Media watchdogs are speculating if there will eventually be a merger of the two papers into one.

Chicago Tribune Media Group has been distributing the Sun-Times since 2007 and printing the Sun-Times since 2011, both under long-term agreements. In 2014 Chicago Tribune Media Group acquired all 38 suburban daily and weekly newspapers owned by Sun-Times parent company Wrapports LLC.

“I am excited to be working with the company’s award-winning brands,” Ferro said in a statement. “I see tremendous upside to create value and put Tribune Publishing at the forefront of technology and content to benefit journalists and shareholders.”

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