Kent County Daily Times
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)RISN Operations Inc.
PublisherJody Boucher
EditorSeth Bromley
Founded1892
Headquarters1353 Main Street, West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893 United States
Circulation3,390 daily in 2006[1]
Websitericentral.com, www.kentcountytimes.com

The Kent County Daily Times is a six-day (Monday through Saturday) evening daily newspaper based in West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States, covering central and western Kent County, Rhode Island. It is owned by RISN Operations Inc.

Towns in the Daily Times' coverage area include Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich and West Warwick, all suburbs or rural towns southwest of Providence, Rhode Island.

History

The Kent County paper was founded in 1892 as the Pawtuxet Valley Daily Times. The paper made its debut on July 20 of that year under the direction of Frank Harvey Campbell. Irving Pearce Hudson, a prominent Rhode Island Republican, and his business partner, Charles Burlingham, bought the paper in July 1907. Hudson died on February 24, 1949, at which time his widow, Thirza, took over as president and had her four daughters — Dorothy I. Havens, Lucy M.H. Potter, Marion T. Goddard, and Thirza H. Chettle — as her board of directors. Upon her death on July 18, 1961, Thirza left her estate, including the Daily Times, in equal shares to her daughters, who then elected Dorothy Havens president. The paper was sold to PVT Corporation, headed by Theodore Holmberg, on April 30, 1975. The paper became known by its current name in the 1980s.[2] In 1999, it was acquired by Journal Register Company.[3]

The newspaper increased its staff and expanded to four sections in 2006, also launching the Warwick Daily Times and relaunching its Website. In 2007, a new company, RISN, formed to purchase Journal Register's Rhode Island properties, including the Daily Times newspapers.[2] Shortly after the sale, the newspaper decreased its staff and was reduced to two eight-page sections. By July 26, 2007, the last edition of the Warwick Daily Times was published.

Sisters and competitors

In its coverage area, Kent County Daily Times competes with the state's largest daily, the Providence Journal, as well as several weeklies.

RISN (which stands for Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers) also owns two other daily newspapers in Rhode Island, The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, as well as several weekly newspapers. All of these properties were sold for $8.3 million to RISN in early 2007 by Journal Register Company.[2]

References

  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations "e-Circ" data for six months ending September 30, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "RISN Completes Purchase of Daily Times". Kent County Daily Times (W. Warwick, R.I.), February 6, 2007.
  3. ^ Grimaldi, Paul. "These Newspapers' Future Lies in Hyper-Local Presence". Providence Journal, January 31, 2007.