The Other Paper, Columbus Alt-Weekly, Purchased by Dispatch (Updated)

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Update: Last night, the Disptach's Phil Pikelny shot Scene an email back with the following comment about the sale.

"There are no changes contemplated for any of the acquired properties in the near future. In fact, Roy Biondi will remain the Group Publisher for The Other Paper so The Other Paper will retain its current voice.

"Working with Roy, executives at The Dispatch Printing Company will assess the opportunities for all of the publications we acquired and will do what we feel is in the best interests of our readers and advertisers."

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On a surface drive-by, this news coming out of Columbus might only appeal to media geeks, those ink fingered few of the shrinking tribe who can talk the ins and outs of sunshine law but don't know anything about a 401K. But really, once you consider how the following situation ripples out, what it signifies for the future of the state's professional sources of journalism, then this is something everyone should tune in for.

The Other Paper
, Columbus' alt-weekly, was purchased yesterday by the parent company of the city's only daily paper, the Columbus Dispatch, according to Columbus Business First. The buy was part of a Dispatch Printing Co. shopping spree that included Columbus Monthly magazine and a chain of community weeklies. The final price tag was not released.

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