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John Georges in Talks with Manships Over Purchase of The Advocate

Dorothy Kendrick - LPB - Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Entry Date: January 28, 2013
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Description: Will a Baton Rouge family deeply entrenched in the community be willing to give up a newspaper that's been a mainstay in the city, to a man with deep roots in New Orleans, where The Advocate is gaining footing? John Georges says he will buy The Advocate from the Manships if they can strike a deal. The Manships say they will sell the paper if the price is right, and the deal could be sealed before summer.

The Manhip family has been involved in publishing the newspaper that emerged into the State Times and the Morning Advocate, and then just the Morning Advocate for more than 100 years. The current owners are David, Richard and Douglas Manship and their sister Dina Manship Planche. Their grandfather Charles P.Manship, Sr. became involved in publishing the paper in 1909. The Manships began distributing their paper in New Orleans last year, when the Times Picuyune began publishing only three days a week. According to The Advocate, New Orleans circulation has climbed to 22,000 papers a day and it has an overall circulation of 98,000; with Sunday sales climbing to 125,000.

John Georges family has been doing business in New Orleans since 1916. According to his website, His company specializes in acquiring established businesses and start ups; turning them into profit makers. The website says the management of Georges Enterprises thrives on "taking a progressive approach and giving a fresh perspective to traditional industries." The company went on to say they are leaders in every business in which they have invested.

The Manships also own WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge and KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas. They say the television stations are not for sale.

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