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Canadian Company Purchases Plainfield Enterprise

Report: London Publishing Corp. now owns the chain of weekly newspapers; owner says no major changes in staff or coverage are planned.

Two months after celebrating its 125th birthday, the Enterprise newspaper is marking another milestone: the weekly publication has been purchased by a Canadian company.

Voyager Media, which owned The Enterprise, the Shorewood Sentinel and the Bugle newspapers, was sold to Ontario-based London Publishing Corp. in a deal that closed Oct. 17, according to the Herald-News.

London Publishing owner Ray Stanton said the company will be renamed Enterprise Newspaper Corp., and all the newspapers will remain in business with no major changes planned in staff or coverage, the Herald reported. Click here to read the entire article.

The purchase includes the Enterprise, Sentinel and the Bugle, which has weekly publications throughout the Chicago suburbs, including Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Downers Grove, Woodridge, Niles, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Westmont.

U.S.G. Blakely founded the Enterprise in 1887, serving as the newspaper’s first publisher, editor and reporter, among other roles.

Under publisher Richard Masterson, Voyager Media purchased the Enterprise in 2009. Masterson launched Voyager in 2003 when he purchased the Bugle newspapers.

Prior to being purchased by Voyager, the Enterprise was owned by Wayne and Beverly Perry for nearly 25 years. After Wayne Perry’s death in 2006, the family continued to operate the Enterprise and Sentinel before selling the papers in 2009.

Staff at the Enterprise did not return messages left by Patch.

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