MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Journal Media Group, Inc. (NYSE: JMG) today announced that its shareholders approved the merger agreement providing for the acquisition of Journal Media Group by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
More than 92 percent of the shares voted at Journal Media Group’s special meeting of shareholders today voted in favor of the transaction, representing more than 71 percent of all outstanding shares of Journal Media Group.
The merger remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. The transaction is expected to close in March 2016.
The previously announced merger agreement provides that Journal Media Group shareholders will receive $12.00 in cash for each share of Journal Media Group common stock.
“Today’s vote is an important step toward enabling our portfolio of local media brands to better navigate the transformation of our industry and continue to serve readers and advertisers with quality content, products and services,” said Tim Stautberg, president and chief executive officer of Journal Media Group. “We look forward to joining Gannett’s USA Today Network with a commitment to strengthening lives and communities.”
About Journal Media Group
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Journal Media Group (NYSE: JMG) is a media company with print and digital publishing operations serving 14 U.S. markets in nine states, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Naples Daily News, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, and Ventura County Star in California. Formed in 2015 through a merger of the newspaper operations of The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications, Inc., the company serves local communities with daily newspapers, affiliated community publications, and a growing portfolio of digital products that inform, engage and empower readers and advertisers. Learn more at www.journalmediagroup.com.
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