Overstory Media buys Vancouver's Georgia Straight newspaper

Georgia Straight paper sold

Overstory Media Group today announced that it has acquired the 55-year-old urban weekly newspaper, the Georgia Straight.

No acquisition price was immediately revealed, but the Straight's previous owner, Media Central Corp. Inc. filed for an assignment in bankruptcy in March. That Toronto-based venture had acquired the Straight in 2020.

Media Central Corp. merged the Straight's editorial department with marketing and sales, and eliminated the paper's long-standing focus on local arts and culture coverage, according to Overstory.

The move returns the Vancouver-based news, lifestyle, and entertainment outlet to West Coast ownership.

Overstory now operates 13 publications, including the Vancouver Tech Journal, the Burnaby Beacon and the Fraser Valley Current. 

"Overstory's first action will be to reinstate the Straight's arts and culture focus and enhance its exceptional coverage of local events, entertainment, music, food, and news," Overstory said in a news release.

"As part of this effort, the Straight will continue to host some of the city's most beloved, well-known cultural events, including the Best of Vancouver and Golden Plates awards. Overstory is already hiring, with multiple open roles posted on their job board, including arts editor, music editor, and food writer."

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