- The Anniston Star
name = The Anniston Star
caption = The
July 27, 2005front page of
"The Anniston Star"
type = Daily
foundation = 1900
(as "The Anniston Republic")
ceased publication =
USD.50 daily, 1.00 Sunday
owners = Consolidated Publishing Co.
publisher = H. Brandt Ayers
editor = Bob Davis
headquarters = 4305 McClellan Boulevard
website = [http://www.annistonstar.com www.annistonstar.com]
" The Anniston Star " is the daily newspaper serving
Anniston, Alabama, and the surrounding six-county region. Average Sunday circulation in September 2004 was 26,747. The newspaper is locally-owned by Consolidated Publishing Company, which is controlled by the descendants of Col. Harry M. Ayers, one of the newspaper's early owners. The "Star" is Consolidated's flagship paper. Other newspapers printed by the company include The (Talladega) "Daily Home", and the weeklies "The Cleburne News", The "Jacksonville News", and the "Piedmont Journal". The current publisher, H. Brandt Ayers, is the son of Col. Ayers. During the civil rights movement, The "Star" gained a reputation as one of the few liberal-minded Southern newspapers. It was nicknamed "The Red Star" by George Wallace, because of its support of school integration — one of the few Southern newspapers to take such a stance.
The "Star" is a community newspaper and the dominant source of retail advertising in the region. While circulation has declined to just over 25,000 it still remains a rare institution in the news industry. It folded its for-profit status in the 1990s to become a non-profit "teaching" newspaperhuh just like "The St. Petersburg Times" [ [http://www.poynter.org/dg.lts/id.4100/content.content_view.htm "Who owns the St. Petersburg Times?," "St. Petersburg Times", December 26, 1999] ] or the Delaware-based Independent Newspapers of Delmarva. [ [http://www2.newszap.com/profiles/Delaware/DelawareStateNews/ Independent Newspapers, Inc. - Delaware State News] ]
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