Liberty Group Publishing, which has been headquartered in a Chicago suburb since its inception, will move its corporate headquarters to Rochester, N.Y.
The change will take place at the same time the company is changing its name to GateHouse Media, according to an article in today's Quincy Patriot-Ledger. Liberty bought that newspaper as well as more than 100 others, according to announcements issued Friday and Saturday. The Patriot-Ledger, with a circulation of 55,000, is now the largest newspaper owned by the company.
In addition to two daily newspapers, Enterprise NewsMedia, which owned the Patriot-Ledger, owns another daily newspaper and 23 weeklies. GateHouse, which had no presence in New England before these transactions, immediately becomes one of the biggest players.
The moves also set up a battle for dominance in New England between GateHouse and the New York Times, whose Boston Globe, is now totally surrounded by the new player. In addition to the newspapers bought by GateHouse, it has a business arrangement with the Boston Herald, the company which sold it more than 100 community newspapers, and the chief daily competition to the Globe.
Liberty Group Publishing, soon to be GateHouse Media, owns The Carthage Press, Joplin Daily, Neosho Daily News, Neosho Post and the Big Nickel.