Buffett says Berkshire may buy more newspapers

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says his company's purchase of his hometown newspaper last year may not be the last one even though newspapers face significant challenges.

A Berkshire Hathaway shareholder questioned whether last year's purchase of the Omaha World-Herald in Buffett's hometown was a personal indulgence.

Buffett defends the deal and says he believes Berkshire will profit from its ownership of the Omaha World-Herald company and the Buffalo News. It's just that the profits won't be as good as they used to be.

Buffett says newspapers are usually still the primary source of local information, and that's an advantage in places where community is important.

Buffett acknowledges that newspapers face difficult competition from online news sources and have high costs, but says Berkshire's newspaper deals should work out OK.


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