The Barnstable Patriot
|Owner||Dow Jones Local Media Group (News Corporation)|
|Publisher||Robert F. Sennott, Jr.|
|Editor||David Still II|
|Headquarters||4 Ocean Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
|Circulation||4,671 in 20061|
The Barnstable Patriot is a weekly newspaper published in and for the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Although it bills itself as "an independent voice since 1830", The Patriot has been owned, since 2005, by Ottaway Community Newspapers, now a division of News Corporation.2
News Corp. acquired The Patriot when it bought Dow Jones & Company (Ottaway's parent) for US$5 billion in late 2007. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp., reportedly told investors before the deal that he would be "selling the local newspapers fairly quickly" after the Dow Jones purchase.3
Although Ottaway also owns The Patriot's main competitor, the daily Cape Cod Times, the weekly newspaper's newsroom is run independently of its rival. Robert F. Sennott Jr., who formerly owned the newspaper, was retained by Ottaway as publisher of The Patriot. Ottaway also owns the weekly The Inquirer and Mirror of Nantucket and daily The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Community Newspaper Company publishes a competitor weekly newspaper, The Register, in Barnstable.