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SouthComm buys Louisville alt weekly

May 22nd, 2008

By Staff

Local publishing company SouthComm Communications, the parent of, has acquired LEO, an alternative weekly newspaper serving the Louisville area, from Times Publishing Co. of Pennsylvania.

LEO, which stands for the Louisville Eccentric Observer, was founded in 1990 and is now distributed for free at more than 850 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana, reaching more than 179,000 people.

"Our vision is to build a family of niche publications that produces quality products for distinct audiences," said Chris Ferrell, CEO of SouthComm and former publisher of the Nashville Scene. "With its strong track record of insightful and relevant coverage of the Louisville area, LEO fits that mold perfectly."

As part of the deal, Pam Brooks will remain publisher, a position she has held since 2003.