* Zuckerman owns news magazine, New York Daily News
* Bloomberg LP remains likely frontrunner (Adds background on Zuckerman's media interests)
NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) - New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman made a bid for BusinessWeek magazine on Wednesday, a spokesman confirmed, joining a group of suitors that includes likely frontrunner Bloomberg LP.
BusinessWeek itself first reported the news on its website earlier on Wednesday, citing a brief telephone interview with Zuckerman.
Zuckerman did not elaborate on the terms of his offer for the money-losing business weekly, now owned by McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.
He also did not say whether he plans to integrate BusinessWeek with any of his other media holdings, which also include national news magazine U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek reported on its blog.
Zuckerman is chairman and co-founder of Boston Properties Inc, a real estate investment trust. [ID:nWEN4146]. He previously owned The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company magazines.
His more recent attempts to buy media properties have made little progress.
In 2008, he bid for Newsday, the Long Island, New York, daily paper that parent company Tribunehad put on the block. The paper eventually went to Cablevision Systems Corp , which also is based on Long Island.
The Financial Times reported earlier this year that Goldman Sachs approached Zuckerman to gauge his interest in buying The Boston Globe from The New York Times Co.
McGraw-Hill favors a combination with financial news and data provider Bloomberg LP, which has also bid for BusinessWeek, a source told Reuters on Wednesday.
Investment firms OpenGate Capital and ZelnickMedia are among other bidders for the magazine.
McGraw-Hill put BusinessWeek, which was founded in 1929 and draws about 5 million weekly visitors to its website, on the block in July and hired investment bank Evercore Partners to run the sale process, another source told Reuters earlier.
The Daily News has said in the past that it has turned a profit, but a spokesman declined to reveal the paper's finances. Its main rival in the New York tabloid paper market, News Corp'sNew York Post, has lost money for years, according to multiple reports. (Reporting by Anupreeta Das in New York and Robert MacMillan in Toronto; Editing Bernard Orr and Matthew Lewis)
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