New Advocate owner ready to carry paper's strong legacy
BATON ROUGE- New Orleans Businessman John Georges said he's ready to continue the great work "The Advocate" is known for at a press conference announcing the sale of the newspaper.
Georges finalized his purachse of the newspaper from the Manship family last night. Details on the sale were made public during a press conference today.
The Advocate has an average circulation of 100,000. The Manships have owned the paper since 1907.
Emotions ran high during the press conference, which was attended by Governor Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, the Manship family and new owner John Georges.
"This sign of unity between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is brought to you by this great newspaper," Georges said.
Former publisher David Manship said leaving the paper that his ancestors started nearly 100 years ago isn't easy.
"All of the employees at The Advocate have been like family to me," he said. "Although I won't miss the headaches of the job, I will miss all the people."
Mitch Landrieu said the sale will bridge New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
"To have the public know what's going on and understanding it's not what we always want to see, it's critically important to the work we do and finally to have it stay in local hands is really great," Landrieu said.
"I have to talk about their dad who was ironclad," Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden said. "He was the best, and so all of them grew up with a solid foundation. This isn't a hand off of goodbyes but a continuation of the principles by the family and dad in particular."
"As a Baton Rouge native, we have grown up reading The Advocate," Governor Bobby Jindal said.
As the press conference came to a close, the Manships said they hope Georges would continue the legacy their family leaves behind.
"Always remember day and night this is not a business," Richard Manship, President of WBRZ-TV said. The TV station is not part of the sale. "It's a responsibility. I pass the ball to you. Throw strikes."
"I will take this ball and run with it," John Georges responded. "Thank you!"