Posted in industry | music on September 24, 2012

Village Voice Media

The owners of Village Voice Media (and the original founders of one of that company's 13 alt-weekly newspapers) have decided to sell all their publications in order to distance the news from their controversial adult services website. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin will transfer their nationwide network of alternative papers to a new company and sell control to several of those papers' current publishers and editors. No terms were disclosed. The roster of publications includes The Village Voice in New York; SF Weekly and LA Weekly in California; Denver's Westword; and the Phoenix New Times, among others. Lacey and Larkin founded the New Times when they were students at Arizona State University in 1970, before slowly acquiring the other properties in the '80s and '90s.

However, the pair will retain ownership of Backpage.com, a classified ads website that has faced several lawsuits and criminal complaints due to its adult-services advertising. -[The Atlantic Wire]

The newly formed Voice Media Group, a holding company out of Denver, will take control of the weeklies. Backpage has profited heavily from the sale of adult ads, and has come under heavy fire with allegations of prostitution disguised as "adult services."

---

      

Comments (8)

There hasn't been a decent, non-hysteria based news article in the Village Voice in years.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 11:21 AM

sad to see the Voice's decline still hasn't ended, ever since New Times took over in the mid-2000s.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 11:34 AM

So they're dumping the "news" side and holding onto the porno ads .... yeah, the right is the ideology that exploits women, obviously.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 11:52 AM

At least this means no more of those desperate articles defending their hooker ad sites. Their defense has always been that they had no choice but to run backpage in order to keep up the noble work of the alternative press, but this proves that they're just bottom-line worshiping, amoral businessmen who don't give a shit about journalism.

And I think the Voice still has good writing in it. Hopefully cutting the papers loose from these creeps will free them up to keep it up and maybe rebuild its reputation.

But I won't complain if they fire Michael Musto.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 12:52 PM

There hasn't been a decent, non-hysteria based news article in the Village Voice in years.

Posted by Sara's Cooking Class Games | November 12, 2012 8:53 AM

what happened to the village voice over the decades mirrors what has happened to new york. it hasn't had a soul in years, just a mask to make you think it has a soul.

Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2012 2:35 PM

yeah, the voice sucks but at least it ain't in brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2012 4:41 PM

is a very good average, hard working and serious!

Posted by Melhor Massagem | April 12, 2013 8:46 PM

Leave a Comment