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The sign on the Baltimore Sun's Calvert Street offices. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

The Sun buys Carroll County Times, The Capital

The company that publishes The Baltimore Sun says it has purchased two other Maryland newspapers, The Capital in Annapolis and The Carroll County Times, as well as their associated publications and websites.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group, which is owned by Tribune Co., announced the purchases Thursday from Virginia-based Landmark Media Enterprises LLC. The deal’s financial terms were not disclosed. The Capital has a daily circulation of about 33,000, while the Carroll County Times has a daily circulation of approximately 24,000.

In addition to The Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Sun Media Group publishes b, a free weekly, and several community newspapers in the region.

In February, the group announced it had purchased the City Paper, a free alternative weekly with a circulation of about 50,000 in the Baltimore area.

“The Capital and the Carroll County Times are wonderful newspapers and successful media businesses that have long provided vital news and information to residents in their regions,” Timothy E. Ryan, publisher, president and CEO of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, told The Sun.

Capital Gazette Communications properties include The Capital, the Maryland Gazette, which serves north Anne Arundel County, the Crofton-West County Gazette, the Bowie Blade-News, Capital Style and capitalgazette.com.

The Capital’s building at 2000 Capital Drive is not included in the sale, the Capital reported. BSMG has indicated it will look for other space in the Annapolis area.

Tribune, The Sun’s parent company, is splitting its newspapers off into a separate company

Other papers the company owns include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia. Tribune had tried unsuccessfully to sell its newspapers prior to its decision to separate them from the company’s broadcast and other ventures.