- "Blethen Maine Newspapers", "Issaquah Press" and "Maine Community Publications", all subsidiaries of The Seattle Times Company, redirect here.
The Seattle Times Company is a privately owned publisher of daily and weekly newspapers in the U.S. states of Maine and Washington. Founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1896, the company is now in its fourth and fifth generations of ownership by the Blethen family.
In its headquarters city of Seattle, the company owns the Washington's largest-circulation daily newspaper, The Seattle Times
, and (through a joint operating agreement
) runs the business and circulation departments of the Times
's chief competitor, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
. Elsewhere in Washington, the company owns the Yakima Herald-Republic
and Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Maine-native schoolteacher and attorney Alden J. Blethen bought the Seattle Press-Times in 1896, renaming it the Seattle Daily Times and doubling its circulation to 7,000 six months later. When he died in 1915, the Times' circulation was 70,000.
The two smaller dailies were added much later. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin was purchased from the Kelly family in 1971, while the Yakima Herald-Republic was bought in 1991.
Issaquah Press Inc.
The Seattle Times Company acquired Issaquah Press Inc. July 1
, from Pacific Media Group
. Originally consisting of one newspaper, the King County
chain added two more in the 1990s. Based at 45 Front Street South, Issaquah, Washington
. The Issaquah Press
- Founded in 1900, The Issaquah Press is the newspaper of record for Issaquah, Washington. It and its companion shopper reach 20,000 homes in Issaquah every week. Newcastle News
- Only five years after the incorporation of the city of Newcastle, Washington, the Issaquah Press Inc. office debuted a monthly newspaper for the city. The Newcastle News is now mailed free to 5,000 homes in Newcastle. Sammamish Review
- Founded as a monthly in 1992, the Sammamish Review has been a weekly since 2007 and is delivered, free, to 15,000 homes in Sammamish, Washington, every Wednesday.
In addition to various websites associated with its newspaper properties, The Seattle Times Company also owns Rotary Offset Press, a printing company in Kent, Washington
Blethen Maine Newspapers
An "independent subsidiary" of The Seattle Times Company, formed in 1998, publishes newspapers in Maine, including the state's largest daily, the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram
. The other two dailies in the Blethen chain are the Kennebec Journal
and Morning Sentinel
Guy Gannett purchase
Blethen Maine Newspapers was built in one acquisition, Seattle Times' purchase of all the newspapers formerly published by Guy Gannett Communications
. Guy Gannett's television stations
were sold separately, to Sinclair Broadcasting
Guy Gannett -- no relation to the larger Gannett communications chain -- was a family-owned business consisting of newspapers in Maine and a handful of television stations in the eastern United States. The company was founded by its namesake, Guy P. Gannett, in 1921, and managed by a family trust from 1954 onward. Guy Gannett managers said they sold to The Seattle Times Company because of shared values -- both companies were fourth-generation family-owned news organizations.
"Of all the companies in the newspaper business, The Seattle Times is one most like our company in the sense of independence, of family ownership, and commitment to the community," said Guy Gannett spokesman Tim O'Meara.
Maine Community Publications
Three weeklies make up the Maine Community Publications division of Blethen Maine Newspapers, The Coastal Journal
, The Community Leader
, and The Maine Switch
, a lifestyle magazine in Portland