Hathaway Publishing

Hathaway Publishing

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name = Hathaway Publishing
type = Subsidiary
foundation = 1932
location = 780 County Street, Somerset, Massachusetts 02726 USA
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key_people = William T. Kennedy, publisher
Warren G. Hathaway, publisher emeritus
area_served = South Coast of Massachusetts
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products = Weekly newspapers
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parent = Dow Jones, 1997-2007 News Corporation, since 2007
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homepage = [http://www.hathawaypublishing.com/ hathawaypublishing.com]
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Hathaway Publishing is a subsidiary of Ottaway Community Newspapers, itself a division of News Corporation. Hathaway publishes five weekly newspapers in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.


Owned by the Hathaway family until 1997, the company is now partners with its former competitor, the Ottaway daily "The Standard-Times" of New Bedford, Massachusetts. [Bushnell, Davis. "It's Independents' Day No More." "The Boston Globe", December 28, 1997] Together, the two companies comprise Ottaway's South Coast Media Group. [http://www.southcoasttoday.com/advertise/card2.pdf SouthCoast Media Marketing Guide] , accessed January 10, 2007.] William T. Kennedy serves as publisher of both propeties, although former owner Warren G. Hathaway is publisher emeritus of the weeklies. Both Hathaway and "The Standard-Times" contribute to a regional Website, [http://www.southcoasttoday.com SouthCoastToday.com] .

News Corp. acquired Ottaway when it bought parent company Dow Jones & Company for US$5 billion in in late 2007. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp., reportedly told investors before the deal that he would be "selling the local newspapers fairly quickly" after the Dow Jones purchase."Ottaway Papers Might Be Sold, Including 16 in N.E.". [http://www.nepa.org/Bulletin%20Archives/NEPA_Bulletin_Dec07.pdf "NEPA Bulletin" (Boston, Mass.), December 2007] , page 3.]


Hathaway published four newspapers at the time Ottaway bought it: "The Advocate", "The Chronicle", the "Middleboro Gazette" and "The Spectator". The Somerset, Massachusetts-based family company was founded by Sidney L. Hathaway Jr., who established "The Spectator" there in 1932. In 2003, Ottaway added the fifth newspaper, "The Fall River Spirit".

;"The Advocate": Founded as a weekly newspaper for Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1979, "The Advocate" was acquired by Hathaway in the 1990s and is now based at "The Standard-Times"' offices at 25 Elm Street, New Bedford. In addition to Fairhaven, the newspaper also covers news and sports in Acushnet, Massachusetts. [ [http://www.southcoasttoday.com/yourtown/weekly/advocate/ SouthCoastToday.Com: The Advocate] , accessed January 10, 2007]

: "The Advocate" prints every Thursday. Its circulation in 2006 was given as 2,224.

;"The Chronicle":Originally called "The Dartmouth News" in 1936, the weekly for Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts, called itself "Informative and Entertaining, Invaluable to Home Folks." It was sold in 1969 to Warren Hathaway, who changed the paper's name to "The Chronicle". The paper is now based at 45 Slocumb Road, Dartmouth. [ [http://www.southcoasttoday.com/yourtown/weekly/chronicle/ SouthCoastToday.Com: The Chronicle] , accessed January 10, 2007]

:"The Chronicle" prints every Wednesday. Its circulation in 2006 was given as 5,000.

;"The Fall River Spirit":The youngest of the Hathaway newspapers, "The Spirit" is also the company's only free weekly newspaper, boasting a Thursdays-only circulation of 10,500 within the city limits of Fall River, Massachusetts.

:"The Spirit"'s first edition was October 30, 2003. The newspaper focuses on features and community news in a mid-size city -- "It's about real life, a city's life, made up of a million little moments of human interaction and companionship," as the newspaper's Website says -- competing with "The Herald News" of Fall River on its home turf. Although the newspaper covers Fall River, its offices are at 780 County Street in Somerset. [ [http://www.southcoasttoday.com/yourtown/weekly/spirit/ SouthCoastToday.Com: The Fall River Spirit] , accessed January 10, 2007]

;"Middleboro Gazette":Claiming to be "one of the oldest newspapers in Massachusetts," the "Middleboro Gazette" was established in 1852 to cover Middleborough, Massachusetts (which then included Lakeville, the other half of the "Gazette" coverage area). Hathaway bought the "Gazette" in 1973. Its office is at 148 West Grove Street, Middleborough. [ [http://www.southcoasttoday.com/yourtown/weekly/gazette/ SouthCoastToday.Com: The Middleboro Gazette] , accessed January 10, 2007]

:The "Gazette" in 2006 averaged 5,700 copies sold each Thursday.

;"The Spectator":First published June 30, 1932, "The Spectator" originally cost 10 cents. The flagship of the Hathaway chain, it has been headquartered at 780 County Street, Somerset, since 1939. Founding editor and publisher Sidney Hathaway relinquished control of the paper to his son, Warren, in the 1970s. [ [http://www.southcoasttoday.com/yourtown/weekly/spectator/ SouthCoastToday.Com: The Spectator] , accessed January 10, 2007]

:"The Spectator" primarily covers Somerset and Swansea, Massachusetts, but also circulates in Dighton and Rehoboth. Its circulation in 2006 was given at 6,000.


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