The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion takeover bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing costs.
MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show that it can run the company effectively.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the hedge-fund backed MNG has built up a 7.5 percent stake in Gannett, and that it has been rebuffed repeatedly by the company about a sale.
Gannett said Monday it received the letter, and its board will carefully review the proposal.
The McLean, Virginia-based publisher owns dozens of newspapers including [the Salisbury Daily Times,] the Record in New Jersey and the Arizona Republic in addition to USA Today.