Niagara Gazette — Gannett shareholders had reason to be excited about the prospects too as the stock rallied $6.75, or 34 percent, to $26.60, its highest level since 2008.
Based originally in Rochester, N.Y., the Gannett Group that includes USA Today has corporate headquarters in McLean, Va. In the late 1990s, when Gannett bought Channel 2, the deal forced the sale of the Niagara Gazette because the government restricted multiple media outlets in the same market. The FCC could end up requiring Gannett to sell some stations in five markets where the restriction would apply. Stay tuned.
NEWSMAKER: Just two days after her Artpark performance, rock star Joan Jett filed a suit in the Manhattan federal court claiming that Hot Topic Inc. had ripped off the name of her longtime band and record label for its “Blackheart” line of “Lingerie for Girls Who Rock & Roll.” The New York Post headlined the article “Jett Sues Panty Raider$.”
Post reporter Bruce Golding quotes the court papers: “It states Hot Topic and its affiliated Blackheart Clothing Co. are exploiting Jett’s ‘iconic female rock star image’ to dupe customers into thinking she’s sponsored their skivvies.” A Hot Topic spokeswoman said the company is confident in its rights to use the Blackheart brand name.”
CLASSY TOUCH: Check out the flag-bedecked Niagara Street, from the South End all the way to Gill Creek Park and Hyde Park Boulevard. It’s part of the community project the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association launched a few years ago. It’s also an appropriate setting for the association’s 13th annual International Festival, June 22-23, from noon to 9 p.m. at the park. One restaurant employee said, “It really is a nice gesture and that’s something that Ron Anderluh (executive director of the association) has promoted right along.”
ON TOUR: Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will be in the spotlight at Kleinhan’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets ($35 to $75) will go on sale Tuesday and will be available at www.kleinhansbuffalo.org or by calling (716) 885-5000.