Villager owners buy newspaper group

Villager Publisher Jennifer Goodstein.
Villager Publisher Jennifer Goodstein.

Jennifer Goodstein, the owner and publisher of The Villager and NYC Community Media, and her husband, Les Goodstein, have agreed to buy the Community Newspaper Group, which publishes 11 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

“This is an exciting time as we expand to the outer boroughs,” Jennifer Goodstein said of the purchase from News Corp. “My priority will remain the papers serving Lower Manhattan and Gay City News. From an editorial standpoint, the papers remain committed to serving the residents of Downtown Manhattan. Our sales and marketing team is eager to offer our advertisers great opportunities to reach new markets through the C.N.G. newspapers, magazines and Web sites.”

In addition to The Villager and Gay City News, NYC Community Media also publishes the East Villager, Downtown Express and Chelsea Now.

Les Goodstein created Community Newspaper Group as an executive with News Corp. in 2006, and ran it until 2013.

“Besides my love of newspapers, it was an honor to complete this transaction with News Corp.,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to the continued success of the Community Newspaper Group. Both my wife and I are members of the community and are pleased to continue serving the readers of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. We plan to expand local coverage with local news important to the neighborhoods we serve.”

The Villager and its sister papers will be moving later this month to the Community Newspaper Group’s Downtown Brooklyn office at One MetroTech. It will be familiar territory as the papers temporarily relocated there at the end of 2012 because of damage to the company’s Canal St. office caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Jennifer Goodstein, who bought the Community Media papers in 2012, said the long-term plan is to set up a satellite office in Manhattan.

C.N.G., which distributes more than 235,000 papers a week, publishes Caribbean Life, The Brooklyn Paper, The Bronx Times Reporter, Bay News and Bay Ridge Courier, Bayside Times and the TimesLedger. It also publishes specialty magazines, including the Wedding Guide and Sweet Sixteen Magazine.

The terms of the deal were not released.

In a statement, Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., said the sale “helps us reshape the News Corp. portfolio as we achieve greater globalization and digitization of our businesses… . We’re confident that these newspapers and magazines will prosper under the leadership of Les and Jennifer Goodstein.”

Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for The Villager and NYC Community Media staff are expected to remain the same after the move.