Well, it's official. After months of rumors, SF Appeal has confirmed that the owners of the San Francisco Examiner have purchased the SF Weekly from Village Voice Media and will announce details this morning. Examiner reporter Mike Aldax also confirmed the sale in a tweet earlier today.
In later December, Examiner co-owner/president/publisher Todd Vogt announced that his company, the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which also owns the Bay Guardian, was planning on buying another Bay Area publication — meaning either the SF Weekly or the Express. But Express president Jay Youngdahl quickly made it clear that the paper is not for sale.
The sale of the SF Weekly coincided with the sale of the Seattle Weekly, another Village Voice Media publication, to Sound Publishing, it was announced today. Sound Publishing is owned by parent company Black Press, whose chairman, David Black, is a main member of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, along with Vogt. However, the Seattle Weekly and the SF Weekly will be operated independently of one another.