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Monday, October 20, 2014

Guardian Staff Making Plans to Purchase Newspaper From Current Owners

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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Staffers with the now defunct San Francisco Bay Guardian are now attempting to buy back the newspaper that was shuttered last week by owners who claim the paper was no longer financially feasible. 

On Wednesday, Guardian supporters will hold a rally outside the Guardian's former offices on Market Street, where they'll announce some interesting news: They're going to try and buy the 48-year-old alt-weekly from the San Francisco Media Co., which also owns SF Weekly and the SF Examiner

"We're launching a concentrated search for a buyer or group of buyers this week," says Marke Bieschke, who was publisher of the Guardian when it closed last week. "Many people have stepped forward expressing interest in continuing the Guardian in some way, shape, or form — we've received hundreds of requests for more information on how to contribute to the Guardian's revival."

Bieschke tells us that ex-staffers are meeting with SF Media Co. later this week to "hopefully discuss a ballpark figure" of how much it would cost to purchase the paper.

"The last we heard was 'more than 32 dollars,'" Bieschke  says. "We wish SF Media Co had come to us about wanting to offload the Guardian before shutting it down so abruptly and completely; we're confident we could have come to some agreement."

The noon rally, being dubbed the “First Wednesday without the Bay Guardian," will feature speeches by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and other community leaders and Bay Guardian editors. It won't be a downer though, as there will be some music, too. 

And in case you missed the election issue, organizers will distribute copies of the Guardian’s election endorsements at the rally.

“The Guardian is part of the lifeblood of this city, a vital journalistic and progressive voice that cannot be silenced,” says organizer Christopher Cook, a journalist and former Guardian city editor.

Steven T. Jones, who was editor of the Guardian, says supporters can also expect a commemorative edition of the paper to "truly celebrate its rich history."

"We're not giving up on the Guardian and we hope that our community will continue to support the need for an independent, progressive media voice in San Francisco."

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