Dirks, Van Essen & April is the leading merger and acquisition firm in the U.S. newspaper industry.

Since its inception in 1980, the firm has focused primarily on assisting companies in the sale, acquisition and valuation of daily and weekly newspapers for a variety of purposes. It has thus established itself as the industry’s top authority on transactions and valuations. In addition, DVM&A offers comprehensive operational and financial consulting services to newspaper companies.

The firm has successfully closed hundreds of newspaper transactions and has handled many more deals than all other firms combined. Since the mid-1990’s, Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April has been involved in more than half of all daily newspaper transactions.

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WEHCO Newspapers, Inc. Acquires Pine Bluff (AR) Commercial from Gannett

Pine Bluff, AR - August 31, 2020 - Gannett has sold the Pine Bluff (AR) Commercial to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and its parent company, WEHCO Newspapers, Inc. Dirks, Van Essen & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Gannett in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed. The Pine Bluff (AR) Commercial will return to seven day a week publishing as part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette digital replica edition, effective tomorrow. The newspaper ha... More
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