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June 24, 1979: Courier-Express sold to publishers in Minneapolis

At the start of the 1970s, Buffalo had two strong daily newspapers, each owned by Buffalo families that had owned them for generations.

Mrs. Edward H. Butler, the publisher of The Buffalo Evening News, was the daughter-in-law of that paper's founder. William Conners III was publisher of the Buffalo Courier-Express and the grandson of the founder of that paper.

That changed in 1979 with the sale of the Courier-Express.

"Courier-Express sold to publishers in Minneapolis"

“The Courier-Express, a newspaper owned by Buffalo’s Conners family for the past 82 years, was sold Saturday to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for an undisclosed sum.”

24 june 1979 Courier sold 24 june 1979 courier sold 2By 1980, Butler had died, and The News and News properties WBEN-AM/FM/TV were all sold, but each was on firm footing.

The same couldn't be said for the Courier-Express and its properties -- including Courier Cable, the City of Buffalo’s first cable television provider.

In 1982, the company that purchased the Courier in 1979, Cowles Media, was looking for a new buyer. Union employees voted to dissolve rather than accept the draconian measures presented by Rupert Murdoch. The last edition of the Courier-Express rolled off the presses at Main and Goodell Streets on Sept. 19, 1982.

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