Feb 22 The New York Times Co last month
received a formal bid that valued its Boston Globe subsidiary at
more than $100 million, with about a third of the value from
buyers assuming some of the newspapers's pension liabilities,
the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the
The Times has been in quiet talks for the past year with the
potential buyer group, which included former Boston Globe
President Rick Daniels and managing director Heberden Ryan of
private equity firm Boston Post Partners, the report said on
Friday, citing the same sources.
The Times Co has been hoping for a bid from News Corp
, owner of The Wall Street Journal, the report said,
citing several people close to the Times and Globe. But News
Corp's ownership of a Boston television station would preclude
its purchase of the Globe, given regulatory rules that prohibit
companies from owning a newspaper and a television station in
the same market, the report said, citing one person familiar
with the situation.
The Times and News Corp declined to comment on the report.
Neither Daniels nor Ryan could immediately be reached for