Daily Sentinel begins new era as part of longtime newspaper family
By Dennis Herzog
Grand Junction Media Inc. on Friday completed the purchase of The Daily Sentinel and its associated businesses from Cox Enterprises Inc.
Grand Junction Media is part of Seaton Publishing of Manhattan, Kan., part of the Seaton Media Group.
Seaton Media Group is a family-owned company that owns and operates seven newspapers in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and several radio stations in Kansas.
“We are absolutely delighted to join the dynamic Grand Junction community and look forward to continuing the strong tradition of The Daily Sentinel in serving it,” said Edward Seaton, chairman of Grand Junction Media.
“The Daily Sentinel, we believe, is a good fit with the Seaton Media Group, and its highly professional staff has been and will be a pleasure to work with.”
Jay Seaton, executive vice president of Grand Junction Media, will join the management team at the newspaper within the next few days. He said all current employees will be retained.
In addition to the newspaper, Grand Junction Media purchased The Nickel, the weekly shopper serving western Colorado; GJSentinel.com, the region’s leading news and information Web site; and Sentinel Express, a delivery service operated from The Daily Sentinel offices at 734 S. Seventh St.
Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, which has owned The Daily Sentinel since 1979, put The Daily Sentinel and most of its other newspapers on the market last August.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.