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KERA announces intent to acquire Denton Record-Chronicle

The red brick Denton Record-Chronicle building
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Denton Record-Chronicle
If completed, the acquisition is set to close in 2023.

KERA announced plans Tuesday to acquire the Denton Record-Chronicle, the historical and primary newspaper of Denton County.

The acquisition, if completed, is set to close in 2023, with a vision of keeping the Record-Chronicle locally owned and serving Denton County with local news and information connected to the community.

“As KERA expands coverage in the fast-growing North Texas region, our work with the respected Denton Record-Chronicle newsroom will provide more news for people in Denton County and throughout the region,” says Gilbert Bailon, executive editor of KERA News. “Denton County is a rapidly developing area that KERA will serve with more local news as we collaborate with a long-established news organization with deep community roots.”

The planned acquisition represents a new model of community journalism, the National Trust for Local News said in a release, also distributed Tuesday. The National Trust for Local News is facilitating the transaction on behalf of KERA and the Denton Record-Chronicle and is a nonprofit that aims to keep local news in local hands.

“Communities across the country are clamoring to ensure the long-term sustainability of their local and community news. This expected acquisition of a beloved and storied community newspaper by a strong public media station shows another way forward,” says Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of the National Trust for Local News.

KERA says they are committed to upholding the legacy of the Record-Chronicle by supporting all efforts to keep and grow the essential service of local journalism for the people of Denton and North Texas. When acquired, the Record-Chronicle will become a nonprofit and integration work will continue into 2024.

“This arrangement gives us the opportunity and the ability to preserve local journalism for the people of Denton County,” says Bill Patterson, owner and publisher of the Denton Record-Chronicle. “As our population continues to grow, it’s imperative that we grow as well. With KERA’s commitment and expertise, our organization will be able to serve our audiences well into the future.”

Annette Nwabeke is KERA’s communication coordinator.