Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April is the leading merger and acquisition firm in the U.S. newspaper industry.

Since its inception in 1980, the firm has focused primarily on assisting companies in the sale, acquisition and valuation of daily and weekly newspapers for a variety of purposes. It has thus established itself as the industry’s top authority on transactions and valuations. In addition, DVM&A offers comprehensive operational and financial consulting services to newspaper companies.

The firm has successfully closed hundreds of newspaper transactions and has handled many more deals than all other firms combined. Since the mid-1990’s, Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April has been involved in more than half of all daily newspaper transactions.

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Santa Maria News Media Acquires the Santa Maria (CA) Times and Hanford (CA) Sentinel

Santa Maria, CA - March 13, 2020 - Santa Maria News Media announced today that it has acquired the daily Santa Maria (CA) Times and the daily Hanford (CA) Sentinel, along with eight companion weekly publications. The papers were sold by Lee Enterprises, a publicly traded media company headquartered in Davenport, Iowa. The daily publications have a combined average circulation of 7,200 and their websites, santamariatimes.com, lompocrecord.com and hanfordsentinel.com reach more than 500,000 uniqu... More
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