The Barnstable Patriot

The Barnstable Patriot

Infobox Newspaper
name = The Barnstable Patriot

type = Weekly newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1830
price =
owners = Ottaway Community Newspapers, a division of News Corporation
publisher = Robert F. Sennott, Jr.
editor = David Still, II
circulation = 4,671 in 2006 [ [ Cape Cod online: Readership Circulation] , accessed January 14, 2007.]
headquarters = 4 Ocean Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601 U.S.
website = []

"The Barnstable Patriot" is a weekly newspaper published in and for the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Although it bills itself as "an independent voice since 1830", "The Patriot" has been owned, since 2005, by Ottaway Community Newspapers, now a division of News Corporation. [Fitzgerald, Jay. "Cape Cod Times Purchases Weekly Newspaper Rival." "Boston Herald", October 5 2005.]

News Corp. acquired "The Patriot" when it bought Dow Jones & Company (Ottaway's parent) 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.". [ "NEPA Bulletin" (Boston, Mass.), December 2007] , page 3.]

Sisters and competitors

Although Ottaway also owns "The Patriot"'s main competitor, the daily "Cape Cod Times", the weekly newspaper's newsroom is run independently of its rival. Robert F. Sennott Jr., who formerly owned the newspaper, was retained by Ottaway as publisher of "The Patriot". Ottaway also owns the weekly "The Inquirer and Mirror" of Nantucket and daily "The Standard-Times" of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Community Newspaper Company publishes a competitor weekly newspaper, "The Register", in Barnstable.


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