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Dayton Daily News ‘committed to serving you’ 7 days a week

Dear readers:

Today begins a new era for the Dayton Daily News, and we are so grateful to each of you for your loyalty and support. This community values local journalism like few others, and we are committed to serving you – 7 days a week – with the best local journalism. 

As of today, the Dayton Daily News is no longer part of Cox Media Group and is not affiliated with WHIO-TV or CMG’s radio properties. Instead, we are part of Cox Enterprises – the same company that has owned this newspaper for the past 121 years. 

Jana Collier

I know that sounds confusing, so let me try and explain how we got here. Last year, Apollo Global Management bought Cox Media Group from Cox Enterprises. At the time of the sale, that included the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and (Butler County) Journal-News. But a court ruling about the Federal Communication Commission’s rules on cross-ownership created a problem. After the court decision, Apollo could not publish the Dayton-area newspapers 7 days a week and still own WHIO-TV. That started a scramble to find a new owner for the Dayton-area newspapers. Ultimately, Cox Enterprises stepped in and bought back the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News. 

Cox Enterprises was founded in Dayton in 1898 by James M. Cox, a three-term Ohio governor. From the Dayton Daily News, Cox Enterprises has grown into a multi-billion-dollar corporation — still owned by the same family. That Cox family legacy exists throughout our community. Our airport bears the name of Gov. Cox. The Cox family donated the land for Cox Arboretum and funded the Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture. The Cox Foundation has given millions of dollars to RiverScape River Run, the Hope Center for Families, Dayton Children’s Hospital, tornado relief and Woodland Cemetery. 

The Cox Arboretum Metropark in Miami Twp. Metropark. STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

Here’s what this ownership change means for you and for our community:

* The Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News will continue to print 7 days a week.

* These three newspapers will no longer be owned by the same company as WHIO-TV and Cox Media Group radio stations.

* Jim Bebbington continues to be the editor of the Dayton Daily News, managing our award-winning Dayton-area news team. You can reach Jim at Jim.Bebbington@coxinc.com.

* Some of our phone numbers and e-mails will change. Here’s how to reach us now:

This ownership change will have no negative impact on the local journalism you love and support. In fact, we are more focused than ever on what it means to serve this community. We have more local reporters than any other local news outlet, and we have the talent and expertise to go deep into local and investigative news. We provide the best advertising solutions and services in the region and are the experts in helping local businesses thrive and succeed. We are an advocate for our community – we win if our community wins.

We need your ongoing support if we’re going to achieve all we can for this community. If you have ideas for how we can improve, please send them to Jana.Collier@coxinc.com. Thank you for continuing to subscribe and support local journalism.

Jana Collier

Interim publisher

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