The Eagle Newspaper For Sale, What's Next?

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

It's been around for over 100 years and now The Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper is up for sale once again.

The newspaper and the technology behind it have come a long way.

“Whole generations of people have grown up around newspapers,” said Jim Wilson, Eagle Publisher.

Gloria Medina is one of them; in fact, she has been subscribing to The Eagle for as long as she can remember.

“I'm a Realtor so I get to look at the open houses that come out, so the home section is one that I look forward to the most,” Medina said.

“There's just something particular about a Sunday paper and a cup of coffee that's pretty hard to beat,” added Wilson.

Whether you're reading the real estate section, feeding your sports craving, or scanning the front page -- Tuesday morning's headline had many readers wondering what’s next.

“The Evening Post Publishing Company that owns The Eagle has decided to sell it, and you know we're a little mixed; we’re excited and also scared about it and really it's a question of them changing the industrial mix of the company," explained Wilson. "We own television stations, newspapers, commercial print operations, and they're trying to buy down debt and they're trying to sell the subsidiaries that are doing well financially and the good news is we're doing good financially and in terms of audience -- doing very well too."

But the maroon colored press on Briarcrest Drive isn't going anywhere.

"We're not a newspaper anymore -- we're a media company," explained Wilson.

Changing times have the newspaper attracting more readers to the web.

“We've got phone applications for the Android, the iPhone, and we really think we've established the basic online brand and now we're moving off into those other things like the tablet," explained Wilson. “Journalists are learning to do everything now a’ days, just like what you do with your camera, what they do with cell phones; the business has changed for you and us and we have to be knowledgeable on all these platforms we are selling and providing content through.”

In Tuesday's online Eagle Staff Report, Kelly Brown , a Texas A&M graduate who has worked at the paper for 16 years says, "We learned a long time ago that people interested in news from the Brazos Valley live far beyond our borders and well into other states and countries because of Texas A&M's reach. We're coming up with new ways to meet that demand, while continuing to serve our community the best we know how, and that's through good, solid, informative reporting on all subjects and issues of importance to our readers."

“I get news, I get everything you could possibly get on the internet now,” said Medina. “My mom, she has a phone, but she doesn't use the internet so she has to have the newspaper.”

Jim and James Harrison spoke to News 3 Tuesday morning at Shipley's Donuts on Villa Maria.

“People like the feel of the newspaper, so for some people that's the thing, but for me, anything that's in here you can get online," explained James Harrison.

“I prefer looking at it online because I get today's news as it's happening," said Jim Harrison.

For the time being, The Eagle will continue keeping those informed whether it is online or hot off the press.

The Eagle's printing press, more affectionately known as, 'Ol' Sarge,' also prints the Conroe Courier daily paper, 28 weeklies and at least 30 other major jobs, according to Production Manager Mark Manning, a College Station native who has worked at the newspaper for 23 years.

The listing price of The Eagle has not been disclosed. The Evening Post Publishing Co. bought The Eagle 12 years ago from the Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corp. This is the eighth owner the newspaper has had since the first edition was published in 1889 of what was then "The Bryan Eagle."

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