The San Francisco Bay Guardian and a subsidiary of the San Francisco Newspaper Co., the owner and publisher of The San Francisco Examiner, have entered into exclusive negotiations to purchase all assets related to publishing the venerable weekly.
Both sides are optimistic that a final contract will be signed shortly, most likely in May.
S.F. Examiner President and Publisher Todd Vogt said there are no plans to change the editorial content or positions of the Guardian. The newspaper’s longtime executive editor, Tim Redmond, is expected to stay on in the expanded role of executive editor and publisher.
“Todd Vogt is a San Francisco resident who believes in and cares about newspapers, and we’re thrilled to be working with him to preserve and build on the Guardian’s legacy,” Redmond said.
As a part of this transition, Bay Guardian co-publishers Bruce Brugmann and Jean Dibble are stepping down from day-to-day operations at the paper, although both will remain involved in the paper in a consulting role, and Brugmann will continue to blog for SFBG.com.
“Bruce and Jean have created a legendary publication, and we are happy to be able to give it a new home and the chance to continue its mission,” Vogt said. He added that the two papers will remain separate and distinct in most ways, although “the potential synergies will be beneficial to readers and advertisers.”