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Charleston Newspapers, the company which owns both the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail, abruptly Sunday in what many seemed a long-time coming.

The two papers have merged to become the Charleston Gazette-Mail, effective Monday morning (7/20/15).

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports the merger comes one day after a five-year antitrust ruling against the two papers expired.

The paper contends it’s not one paper gobbling-up another paper.

The company says the two will merge newsrooms but have two separate editorial pages – a left-leaning. progressive view from the Gazette, and a right-leaning conservative view from the Daily Mail.

The two have published a joint Sunday paper together since the 1960’s apparently, and only more recently combined Saturday editions.

Charleston was the last city in West Virginia to have more than one daily newspaper.

Public Broadcasting also reports staffers were told about the news shortly before the announcement came yesterday.

Read the company’s full statement.

 

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