Ownership Change for Boston Weeklies

BOSTON Jeff Coakley and Sue O’Connell have purchased Bay Windows and the South End News from their owner of nearly 20 years, Jim Hoover. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The pair will serve as co-publishers of both Boston-based weekly titles. Bay Windows serves the local homosexual, lesbian and transgender community; the South End News is a neighborhood newspaper. Andrew Rapp will continue as editor of both publications. Combined circulation of the papers has been flat of late around 40,000.

“Both papers have had flat or modest growth in local advertising sales numbers and are healthy businesses,” said O’Connell. Some design changes and new ad categories are on tap, but she did not elaborate.

Coakley and O’Connell teamed some years ago when both worked at The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly, where they launched One in Ten, a monthly supplement covering gay and lesbian issues. Coakley also served as an advertising and sales executive at The Boston Globe and in the 1990s he helped launch the paper’s online real estate and automotive sections. O’Connell has been associate publisher of Bay Windows and the South End News for five years and she co-hosts the radio talk show version of One in Ten on WFNX-FM.