Chicago’s public radio station and one of the city’s most storied newspapers have announced intentions to merge.
The Board of Directors of Chicago Public Media— the parent of WBEZ— unanimously approved a non-binding letter of intent for the group and the Sun-Times to explore joining together as a local nonprofit news organization.
“By combining the two organizations we double the size of our newsroom, we create the largest newsroom in the city of Chicago, and what we think might be the largest nonprofit local newsroom in the country,” said Matt Moog, the new CEO of Chicago Public Media.
Moog said the hope is to be able to share content across the newspaper, broadcast and digital side and to ultimately build a larger audience.
Sun-Times investor Michael Sacks has been looking for a way to sustain investment and growth for the paper. In addition to Sacks, the MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Traubert Foundation have expressed support for the merger, according to WBEZ.
“Chicago Tonight” reached out to Chicago Sun-Times CEO Nykia Wright, but she was unable to join the discussion.