Gannett, which operates seven daily newspapers in New Jersey, is about to acquire one more with a proposed deal to merge with GateHouse Media.
The Wall Street Journal and other publications reported the potential merger last night.
GateHouse Media owns two properties in New Jersey: the Burlington County Times and NJBIZ. The company announced in May that it is in the process of purchasing the New Jersey Herald.
The Burlington County Times is a respected regional daily newspaper that provides solid local news coverage, including intense reporting of local politics. NJBIZ is highly regarded as a weekly business journal.
It’s not immediately clear if Gannett editors would oversee the Burlington County Times, or if the GateHouse team would ease out the Gannett leadership.
Gannett owns The (Bergen) Record, the Asbury Park Press, the Herald News, the Courier-News, the Home New Tribune, the Courier-Post and the Daily Journal.
Earlier this year, Gannett shareholders rejected a hostile takeover bid from Digital First Media, the owner of the Trentonian.
An earlier version of this story omitted the pending sale of the Sussex County-based New Jersey Herald by Quincy Media to GateHouse.