tronc Acquires Majority Interest in BestReviews

CHICAGO, Feb. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNC) today announced it has acquired a majority ownership stake in BestReviews, the high growth online product review company based in San Francisco, California, and Reno, Nevada.

Founded in 2014, BestReviews’ mission is to simplify the way consumers buy the products and services they need across thousands of categories from laptops to vacuum cleaners to rowing machines. All products on BestReviews’ site are thoroughly and independently researched. The company buys all of its products and tests them in its own labs to help consumers find the best overall products and the best buys for the dollar. The company now attracts more than 5 million unique visitors monthly – and growing and has helped more than 170 million consumers make more informed purchases of great products since its inception.

"BestReviews dedication to independent and high-quality content aligns with our ongoing mission to provide valuable information and experiences for our readers,” said tronc CEO Justin Dearborn. “We look forward to combining BestReviews deep product research and fully optimized commerce engine with tronc's digital properties, a combination which we believe will strengthen our e-commerce efforts.”

“We are excited about the scale and brands tronc brings to our business. Creating trusted relationships with consumers is our number one priority and tronc brings a long track history of trust and credibility,” said BestReviews’ CEO Momchil Filev.

BestReviews' current owners will retain a minority ownership position and continue to oversee and manage all operations.

About tronc, Inc.
tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNC) is a media company rooted in award-winning journalism. Headquartered in Chicago, tronc operates newsrooms in 8 markets with titles including the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore SunOrlando Sentinel, South Florida's Sun-SentinelDaily PressThe Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Hartford Courant. Our legacy of brands has earned a combined 57 Pulitzer Prizes and is committed to informing, inspiring and engaging local communities.

Our brands create and distribute content across our media portfolio, offering integrated marketing, media and business services to consumers and advertisers, including digital solutions and advertising opportunities.

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