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Report: Gannett Buys (Bergen) Record, North Jersey Media Weeklies

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Whenever Malcolm Borg was asked over the years whether he'd sell his beloved Bergen Record, he responded that it was for sale every day -- on newsstands.

On Thursday, the New York Post reported that Gannett is buying The Record and weeklies owned by its parent company, North Jersey Media .

Known as the Bergen Record, the 121-year-old publication was bought by the Borg family in 1930.

Malcolm Borg became president and chief executive 35 years ago. His son, Stephen is the publisher, and his daughter, Jennifer, is vice president and general counsel.

It is the second-largest daily newspaper paper in New Jersey in terms of circulation behind the Star Ledger of Newark.

The Record published for decades out of Hackensack before moving the operation to what was then West Paterson and is now Woodland Park, off eastbound Route 80.

The newspaper is perhaps best known for an iconic image taken on 9/11 by former staff photographer Thomas E. Franklin of a trio of firefighters raising an American flag over the rubble of what had been the Twin Towers.

Although initially published on an inside page, it eventually was moved to the cover, along with an interview with the firefighters -- and became the shot seen 'round the world.

It was used for a U.S. Postal Servic stamp issued in March 2002, with money going to FEMA relief effots.

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