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Sun-Times Media Group Combining 'Daily Southtown' with Twice-Weekly 'Star'

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Sun-Times Media Group Combining 'Daily Southtown' with Twice-Weekly 'Star'

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Sun-Times Media Group (STMG) said Wednesday it is merging the Daily Southtown with the Star, a twice-weekly that also circulates in Chicago's south suburbs. STMG said it is still not clear how the combination will be worked out. An STMG spokesperson said the combined paper will be a daily with zoned sections covering south suburban communities. In the announcement, STMG said the combined publication will launch in mid-November. The merger is expected to save $3 million annually for the struggling publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and about 100 Chicago-area dailies and non-dailies. STMG warned in May when it presented a business plan to investor that it could close as many as 25 publications before the year was out. "Combining the two newspapers takes advantage of the strengths that the Southtown and Star have in the south suburban Chicago markets," STMG CEO Cyrus F. Freidheim said in a statement. "What's more, increased zoning opportunities will enhance our new paper's attractiveness to advertisers, while reducing costs of newsprint, circulation sales and headcount. …

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