Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia pur­chases In­sid­eNoVa

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia LLC, pub­lisher of the Rap­pa­han­nock News, has bought In­sid­eNoVa.com, two of its af­fil­i­ated com­mu­nity news­pa­pers and the rights to pub­lish two mil­i­tary base pa­pers from North­ern Vir­ginia Me­dia Ser­vices.

The sale closed Jan. 1 and was an­nounced late last Wed­nes­day. Terms were not dis­closed.

In­sid­eNoVa.com is North­ern Vir­ginia’s lead­ing news web site, with 2 mil­lion page views and 500,000 unique vis­i­tors a month. The com­mu­nity news­pa­pers in­cluded in the sale are In­sid­eNoVa/Prince Wil­liam and In­sid­eNoVa/North Stafford, which to­gether reach more than 40,000 house­holds a week in those two coun­ties. Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia also has as­sumed the Depart­ment of De­fense con­tracts to pub­lish the Belvoir Ea­gle, a weekly pa­per serv­ing Fort Belvoir, and the Quan­tico

Sen­try, a bi-weekly at Marine Corps Base Quan­tico.

In addition to the News, Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia pub­lishes the weekly Culpeper Times, as well as the Life­style mag­a­zines serv­ing War­ren­ton, Hay­mar­ket and Gainesville and the Pied­mont Virginian magazine.

“We be­lieve that strong, vi­brant lo­cal me­dia plays an es­sen­tial role in com­mu­ni­ties,” said Den­nis Brack, pres­i­dent of Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia, based in Wash­ing­ton. “The team at In­sid­eNoVa shares this com­mit­ment, and we’re de­lighted that to­gether our group will be able to bet­ter serve read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers.”

North­ern Vir­ginia Me­dia Ser­vices, owned by HPRHem­lock LLC and based in Lees­burg, will con­tinue to pub­lish the Sun Gazette news­pa­pers in Fair­fax and Arlington coun­ties. Un­der a sep­a­rate agree­ment, con­tent from the Sun Gazette will con­tinue to ap­pear on the In­sid­eNoVa web site.

Bruce Pot­ter, pre­vi­ously chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of North­ern Vir­ginia Me­dia Ser­vices, has joined Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia as COO and pub­lisher of In­sid­eNoVa, which will con­tinue to op­er­ate out of its Wood­bridge of­fice. Pot­ter and Brack will be co-man­ag­ing part­ners of Rap­pa­han­nock Me­dia. Brack is also pub­lisher of the Rap­pa­han­nock News, and Tom Spar­gur will con­tinue as pub­lisher of the Culpeper Times.

In­sid­eNoVa/Prince Wil­liam, for­merly known as Prince Wil­liam To­day, was started by North­ern Vir­ginia Me­dia Ser­vices in January 2013, when it also bought In­sid­eNoVa.com. In­sid­eNoVa/ North Stafford, for­merly the Stafford County Sun, be­gan pub­li­ca­tion in 1989 and was bought by North­ern Vir­ginia Me­dia Ser­vices in 2015.

In­sid­eNoVa.com is North­ern Vir­ginia’s lead­ing news web site, with 2 mil­lion page views and 500,000 unique vis­i­tors a month. The group also pub­lishes weekly com­mu­nity and mil­i­tary base news­pa­pers.

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