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Media General, Inc. Has Sold The Tampa Tribune To Tampa Media Group, Inc.

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), a local broadcast television and digital media company, announced today that it has sold The Tampa Tribune and its associated print and digital products to Tampa Media Group, Inc., a new company formed by Revolution Capital Group.  The sale closed today.  The sale price was $9.5 million, subject to adjustments for working capital and other items, yielding net proceeds before expenses of approximately $2 million.

"It's a bittersweet day for Media General to complete the sale of its last remaining newspaper group," said Marshall N. Morton, president and chief executive officer.  "The Tampa Tribune was our largest and second oldest newspaper.  Many Tribune employees have decades of service.  The Tribune staff has been extraordinarily dedicated to providing their readers with excellent journalism, creating value for their advertisers and supporting the local community.  We are pleased that they will have the opportunity for continued future success serving the Tampa community with excellent local content.  We will miss our colleagues at The Tribune and its associated print and digital platforms, and we wish them the very best," said Mr. Morton.

Robert Loring, founder and managing partner of Revolution Capital Group, said, "We are delighted to be the new owner of The Tampa Tribune, a newspaper with strong brand equity and a long history of serving its readers, advertisers and community exceedingly well. We believe strongly in the value of local content." 

Cyrus Nikou, founding partner of Revolution Capital Group, said, "The prospects for future success are strong for The Tampa Tribune and its associated print and digital platforms.  We will lead an orderly transition, focused on the needs of our customers, and we look forward to working with The Tribune management team to position the business for future growth."

Media General's Transformation to Pure-Play Broadcaster Now Complete

Mr. Morton said, "With this transaction, we complete the transformation of Media General's business model to one focused on broadcast television and digital media.  We believe our future prospects are strong, based on operating 18 top-ranked local television stations in growing and important markets, mostly in the Southeast.  In addition, our financial position was greatly strengthened this year as a result of our new financing arrangement with Berkshire Hathaway.      

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