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Tampa Bay Times to purchase Peter Schorsch’s Extensive Enterprises Media

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In a move sure to send shockwaves throughout Florida’s media and political circles, Times Publishing Co. and the non-profit Poynter Institute, owners of the Tampa Bay Times, have acquired St. Petersburg-based Extensive Enterprises Media. Extensive Enterprises is one of the nation’s fastest growing media concerns, producing Florida’s most influential political websites, including FloridaPolitics.com, SaintPetersBlog.com, OrlandoRising.com, and INFLUENCE Magazine, as well as a suite of email newsletters. Extensive Enterprises president Peter Schorsch announced the acquisition Saturday morning. Terms of the sale were not…

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Sebastian Dortch joins Times Publishing Company’s board of directors

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The Board of Directors of Times Publishing Company has named Sebastian Dortch as its newest member. Dortch, a 20-year Times employee, leads the company’s Human Resources Department and was instrumental in its recent acquisition of the Tampa Tribune. “Sebastian brings rich experience, keen insights and extraordinary character to the Times board,” said Paul Tash, the Times chairman and chief executive. “First as a journalist and then as an executive, he has made our company better. As a fellow director, he…

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Tampa Bay Times publishing company not out of the woods regarding finances

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Last fall, things looked as bleak as they ever have when it became publicly known that the Tampa Bay Times, like so many newspapers around the country, was struggling financially. “If you are uncertain about your standing with the Times, this is a good time for a frank conversation with your supervisor,” Times CEO Paul Tash wrote in a memo to staffers last September. “If this long, difficult stretch has tested your commitment to the Times or the newspaper business, this…

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Another nail in the coffin for the Times

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The Poynter Institute, owner of the Times Publishing Company, publisher of the St. Petersburg Times is looking to sell what has become a Washington, DC institution – CQ or Congressional Quarterly. CQ is an inside the beltway publication that is heavily relied upon by Congressional offices, lobbyists and trade associations for update information on what is happening on the floor. As a boutique publication (actually, it is an umbrella for a number of subscription websites and publications) whose clientele are…

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