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Company Overview of The Buffalo News Inc.

Company Overview

The Buffalo News Inc. publishes and sells a daily newspaper primarily in Western New York. It provides news, information, advertising services, and information in the areas of city and region, sports, business, world and nation, opinion, deaths, life, entertainment, blogs, jobs, cars, homes, apartments, and classifieds. The company also operates Buffalo.com, a Web site that allows users to search yellow pages, local event listings online, and access an online news library archive. It serves businesses, individuals, students, school groups, and organizations. The company was founded in 1880 and is based in Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo News Inc. operates as a subsidiary of OBH Inc.

One News Plaza

P.O. Box 100

Buffalo, NY 14240

United States

Founded in 1880

Phone:

716-849-4444

Fax:

716-856-5150

Key Executives for The Buffalo News Inc.

President of The News
Editor and Vice President
Age: 57
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

The Buffalo News Inc. Key Developments

High Court Affirms with Appellate Division, Fourth Department Decision in Defamation Lawsuit against The Buffalo News Inc

A Buffalo newspaper was substantially accurate when reporting on a plea agreement involving a firm accused of overcharging the government. The high court on June 27 affirmed the Appellate Division, Fourth Department decision that tossed out a defamation suit by plaintiff Christopher J. Alf against The Buffalo News Inc. Alf, whose attorney was John J. Walsh, of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP in New York City, filed suit in 2009 after the newspaper published a series of 2007 and 2008 articles and an editorial related the company’s guilty plea in federal court of making a false statement to settle allegations that it had overcharged the government. The company also agreed to pay the government $28 million in fines and restitution. Neither the company nor Alf was charged criminally. Alf’s complaint said the newspaper’s reporting was 'false and misleading' because it reported prolonged wrongdoing as opposed to the single false statement. The reporting would lead the average reader to conclude that Alf personally engaged in wrongful conduct. Erie County Supreme Court Justice Gerald J. Whalen had granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in December 2011. The newspaper was entitled to the defense of absolute privilege under Civil Rights Law 74, which provides that a civil action cannot be maintained for 'the publication of a fair and true report of any judicial proceeding.' The Appellate Division affirmed, although two dissenting justices said statements regarding Alf were 'reasonably susceptible of defamatory connotation'.

The Buffalo News Inc. Announces Management Changes

The Buffalo News Inc. announced that Mike Connelly, who is now executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, has been named editor and vice president after a nationwide search for a successor to former Editor Margaret M. Sullivan. Connelly, 55, has a 31-year career in the news industry at publications that include Congressional Quarterly and the Wall Street Journal. He led the Herald-Tribune to win its first Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for its investigative reporting on Florida's property insurance industry. Connelly will lead the newsroom following a shift in The News' online business model to require a subscription for full access to BuffaloNews.com and mobile applications, starting October 1. Connelly started his career as a copy editor for the national news desk of the Wall Street Journal. He served as a vice president of Congressional Quarterly Inc., overseeing operations from 1997 to 2001 and product development from 2001 to 2003.

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