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Black Press purchases Haida Gwaii Observer

Black Press, owner of the Northern View, announced on Thursday an agreement to purchase the Haida Gwaii Observer from Jeff King.

Jeff and his wife Dianne have produced the Observer for the past 29 years and when they made the hard decision that it was time to retire their first call was to Black Press.

“When Jeff called us, he said he obviously wanted to make sure the paper he had guided for nearly three decades was left in good hands. And to his mind, Black Press was the perfect fit,” said Black Press B.C. North president Lorie Williston.

“And we did too.”

The Observer is a once-a-week paid publication covering the beautiful and culturally-rich Haida Gwaii region. They are also well-known for their production of the high-quality Haida Gwaii Tourism Guide.

Todd Hamilton, publisher of the Prince Rupert based Northern View and N2K, is adding the Observer to the list of his responsibilities.

“Jeff and Dianne have done such a wonderful job with the Observer for all these years. We’re excited and grateful to have Jeff and Dianne’s staff join us in Black Press to continue their legacy and service to Haida Gwaii.” Hamilton said.

The deal to purchase the Haida Gwaii Observer will close on Sept. 1, 2014.

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