Charlotte Media Group, a newly formed subsidiary of the McElvy Media Group of Houston Texas, has purchased the assets of the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group from founder and publisher Alain Lillie of Charlotte.
The acquisition includes the South Charlotte Weekly, Union County Weekly, Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly and the Pineville Pilot. The four community newspapers are delivered weekly or monthly to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in the South Charlotte market.
The sale was announced by Jonathan McElvy, president and CEO of McElvy Media Group LLC, the parent company of McElvy Media in Houston, Texas. The company is owned by McElvy and his wife, Meghan. McElvy will serve as publisher of the Carolina Weekly Newspapers and Frank Vasquez will serve as associate publisher.
With the move, Hannah Chronis has been named editor of the South Charlotte Weekly, Union County Weekly, Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly and Pineville Pilot. Brent Epling has joined the staff as business manager.
McElvy Media currently owns The Leader (Houston, Texas), and has a management agreement to operate the Ft. Bend (Texas) Star and the Ft. Bend Business Journal.
“Our company is so fortunate to have found a group of newspapers that has served residents of South Charlotte and Union County, and I’m incredibly grateful to Alain Lillie for the work he has done building a tremendous brand in this market. Our job is to take what Alain has built and do what we know how to do best: produce a quality product that readers anticipate every single week,” McElvy said.
Vasquez, Douglas McElvy and Robb Reeves joined McElvy Media Group as investors in the new Charlotte Media Group.
“It has been a difficult decision to sell the company after a deep personal involvement for many years,” Lillie said. Lillie, who also served as founder and publisher of both the Mooresville Weekly and Denver Weekly community newspapers serving the Lake Norman market said, “We believe that Jonathan will provide new ideas and resources that will help keep the South Charlotte Weekly, Union County Weekly, Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly and the Pineville Pilot viable community services moving forward. The commitment to offer our readers relevant hyper-local news and information remains unchanged.”