Sun-Times Media relaunches 16 redesigned newspaper websites, continues plans to relaunch all 58 of its newspaper sites by early 2011

CHICAGO , September 27, 2010 (press release) – Sun-Times Media announced today it has successfully relaunched 16 newly redesigned, engaging newspaper Web sites and is continuing its plans to relaunch all 58 of its newspaper sites by early 2011.

“We are proud to introduce to our readers and advertisers engaging new sites for the Beacon-News (Aurora), Courier-News (Elgin), Naperville Sun, Herald-News (Joliet), the Lake County News-Sun and 11 weekly Sun newspapers,” said Jeremy L. Halbreich, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sun-Times Media. “We will continue our rollout for our remaining sites, including Suntimes.com, this fall into early next year, and we look forward to giving all Sun-Times Media readers and advertisers a more rewarding experience online that they will love. We have already heard from many of our customers how much they are enjoying the new sites.”

The new, faster-loading sites feature a sleek, cleaner design that is refreshingly easy to navigate, more breaking news alerts in local communities, more photos, maps and crisp graphics, and a drop-down menu that will allow easier access inside the sites. For advertisers, the sites offer premium, consistently located advertising space that will make it easier than ever before to capture local audiences and get their desired customers in the door.

“Sun-Times Media is charging ahead with its strategic goals of continue to grow as the news and digital media leader in the Chicago region,” said Rick Surkamer, Sun-Times Media President and Chief Operating Officer. “No one in the Chicagoland area has the depth or reach of Sun-Times Media into more than 300 local communities, and the investments we are making to improve reader and advertiser experiences are producing results already. This is an exciting period in our Company’s history and I look forward to continuing to update the marketplace on our progress.”

About Sun-Times Media

Sun-Times Media (http://www.suntimesmediaholdings.com) is dedicated to being the premier source of local news and information for the greater Chicago area and in partnership with Yahoo! reaches a print and online monthly audience of more than 86 percent of the Chicago DMA. Its media properties serve more than 300 communities across the region and include the Chicago Sun-Times and Suntimes.com; seven suburban daily newspapers, including the Beacon-News (Aurora), Courier-News (Elgin), Herald-News (Joliet), Lake County News-Sun, Naperville Sun, Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.) and the SouthtownStar; 39 weekly newspapers published by the Pioneer Press and 11 weekly Sun newspapers, as well as Web sites for those newspapers, SearchChicago.com, CenterstageChicago.com, RogerEbert.com and YourSeason.com.

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