Bakersfield Californian Sold

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – After 122 years of family ownership, the Bakersfield Californian newspaper has been sold to a Canadian publisher.

The Harrell-Fritts family announced late Sunday that they have sold the Californian’s corporate entity to Sound News Media, a new company run by publisher Steven Malkowich.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is set to close June 30.

The daily newspaper, held by the Harrell-Fritts family since 1897, serves the city of Bakersfield and surrounding Kern County.

The family said in a statement that it was a privilege to provide the community a “relevant and reliable news source.” The family says they expect the Californian to thrive under new ownership.

Malkowich also owns two other small California newspapers: the Antelope Valley Press and the Lodi News-Sentinel.