- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts-based group of investors has purchased The Berkshire Eagle newspaper and three Vermont papers.

The Berkshire Eagle on Thursday reports (https://bit.ly/1QqpAEU ) that Digital First Media is selling New England Newspapers Inc. to Birdland Acquisition LLC on May 2. The group includes The Eagle, Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and the Brattleboro Reformer.

The investors say they plan to grow the newspaper and increase its quality.

There are 154 employees among the four papers. Publisher Edward Woods estimates that at least 20 to 25 jobs will be brought back to the Eagle.

Co-investor John Morris says the new owners have a number of conceptual improvements planned, including new sections and features.

Woods say the three Vermont papers will reap the same benefits and investments.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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