Alternative weekly merger mania

So it’s happening, finally. Village Voice Media (which owns the LA Weekly) will be acquired by New Times Media, pending Justice Department review of the transaction. (And remember, it’s the DOJ that blocked the two companies’ attempt at market collusion in 2002 and forced New Times Media to sell off the assets of its LA paper, thus paving the way for Los Angeles Citybeat.)

What does this mean for the Southland consumer of alternative weekly newspapers? Well, in the short term, predicts a rash of self-righteous pontificating in Thursday’s Citybeat. In the long term, well, our guess is more pontification. But as to the effect the merger will have on the content of the LA Weekly, who knows?