Glacier Media sells Island newspaper chain to Black Press

The Vancouver Island Community Newspaper Group has been sold to Black Press; this includes the Cowichan Valley Citizen. 

Black Press will assume operational control of the Comox Valley Echo, the Oceanside Star and the Tofino-Ucuelet Westerly News on Jan. 1. 

Black Press will assume operational control of the Cowichan Valley Citizen, the Alberni Valley Times, the Nanaimo Daily News and Nanaimo Press and the Campbell River Courier on March 2.  The Victoria Times Colonist is not part of this transaction.

In separate transactions Glacier Media has sold the Surrey Now, Langley Advance and Maple Ridge Times and their related publications and digital properties to Black Press. 

Glacier Media has also purchased the Tri Cities News, Burnaby News Leader, Richmond Review and New Westminster News Leader and their related publications and digital properties from Black Press.  

The net proceeds from these sales will be used to pay down debt.