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Tampa Bay Times tired of competition, buys rival Tampa Tribune

Staff writer ▼ | May 3, 2016
The owners of The Tampa Tribune have sold the newspaper and its related publications to the Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa Bay Times
Acquisition   The Tampa Tribune has been sold to Tampa Bay Times
The transaction gives readers and advertisers in the Tampa Bay region a locally owned newspaper on solid financial footing. The Times will honor all Tribune subscriptions and advertising agreements.

Starting Wednesday, May 4, Tribune subscribers will receive the Times, which will carry all the advertising for both newspapers and continue to provide the most comprehensive news report about the region and the state.

To honor the Tribune’s history and place in the community, the Tribune banner will be on the Times’ local news sections published in Hillsborough County on Friday and Sunday, similar to the way the newspaper uses St. Pete Times on its local section in that city.

Both newspapers’ websites – and – also will be maintained.

“The continued competition between the two newspapers was threatening to both,” said Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash.

“There are very few cities that can sustain more than one daily newspaper, and the Tampa Bay region is not among them.”

During its 131-year history, the Times has grown to become Florida’s largest newspaper because it had found an audience throughout the Tampa Bay region.