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E&P Finds Buyer; Top Editor Allegedly Dumped

Editor and Publisher, long the go-to publication for print journalists, announced on Thursday that it has been purchased by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., a magazine and newspaper publisher headquartered in Irvine, Calif.

Just a month ago, E&P, the self-proclaimed "bible of the newspaper industry," startled many when it announced it was shutting down its operation for good after 125 years.

Upon hearing that news, McIntosh said he swung into action.

"Such a critical information source for a newspaper industry so desperately in need of help should not go away," McIntosh said. "I've been a reader of E&P over the course of 30 years and know its incredible value to readers and advertisers."

Charles "Chas" McKeown will continue as publisher of E&P, and Mark Fitzgerald was named its new editor. Fitzgerald had served as E&P's editor-at-large.

Former editor Greg Mitchell alleged on his blog Thursday that he will no longer have a job at the publication despite the fact McIntosh promised that he would be retained: "One week ago in a meeting, new owner told me flatly, ' "Extremely impressed with your great work and definitely will retain you.' "

Mitchell also typed: "The great Joe "Scoop" Strupp, senior editor, also out, after 12 years -- a truly great loss. Only four editors/writers left."

Neither McIntosh nor E&P has responded to Mitchell's allegations.

E&P will print monthly beginning in February, while operations on its Web site, editorandpublisher.com, began immediately.