Bakersfield Californian sold to Canadian newspaper exec

The Bakersfield Californian has been sold, the paper announced Sunday night.

In a statement to its readers, Californian owners Peter and Ginny Gowenhoven and Ginger Moorhouse announced they were selling the Californian’s corporate entity – TBC Media – to Canadian newspaper publisher Steven Malkowich in the form of a new entity named Sound News Media.

The paper has been held by the Harrell-Fritts family since 1897.

“We are honored to have been a steward of the newspaper in Kern County, and have loved being part of this vibrant community and providing it with a relevant and reliable news source,” the Californian owners said in a “note to the community.”

“The Bakersfield Californian and those it serves have given our family a deep sense of purpose for well over a century, and serving our community in this way has been a privilege and honor for all of us.”

Malkowich acquired the Palmdale-based Antelope Valley Press in 2017. The Valley Press was another family newspaper held for more than a century.

He also owns the Lodi News-Sentinel, acquired in 2015.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is set to close on June 30.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at