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Bay News 9

This 24-hour television news network covering Tampa Bay is part of Bright House Networks, a major cable and Internet provider founded in 2003.

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Florida News Flash

This now-defunct local news site founded in 2014 and run by Sam McCall covered Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties with a sprinkling of national news and commentary. McCall also founded Real News Real Fast and sold the site to Tom Lemons in 2012.

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Hernand Daily News

Founded in 2013 by Jeremy Via, the defunct HDN focused largely on public safety coverage.

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Hernand Heron

Founded in 2018 by a volunteer team, the Heron "endeavors to provide information and critical analysis concerning topics we deem to be in the public interest," according to its About Us page. The site published several pieces of in-depth investigative journalism prior to the county commission primaries and ceased publishing very shortly after the vote.

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Hernando Sun

The Hernando Sun bucked the trend and in 2015 began producing a monthly (now weekly) newspaper to replace the void left by the closure of the Hernando Today. Hernando Sun Publications LLC is licenesed to Julie Maglio and Rocco Maglio of Brooksville. Based on his bio, Maglio may well be the most interesting man in Hernando County.

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Hernando Phoenix

The Phoenix, founded in 2014, is run by journalist Dorothy Famiano. The web-based news outlet covers a mix of breaking news, community events and politics.

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Hernando Sport

This site, founded and run by former longtime Hernando Today sports editor Tony Castro, focuses on high school athletics.

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Nature Coast TV

Nature Coast TV, registered to Achilles Thomas, was founded in 2013 and is "dedicated to provideing positive local news and entertainment" coverage across Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties, according to its website. This site is no longer included in our link aggregator.

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Real News Real Fast

Tom Lemons made a name for himself and RNRF as a speedy, hyper-local news source. Lemons purchased the site in September of 2012 from founder Sam McCall, who went on to found Florida News Flash. Lemons and Dana Colon incorporated RealNewsRealFast.com, Inc. Hernando a month later as president and vice president, respectively, according to state records. Lemons later took sole ownership of the company by changing LLCs. Lemons experimented with a subscriber-only model and eventually sold the site to insurance agent Ray Hair and travel agent Tom Barnette, admitted to breaking the terms of his contract by writing about the Hernando County Sheriff's Office without his business partners' approval and then claimed it was a "hostile takeover" when he was fired and bought out. Lemons briefly ran Real News Faster but could not find enough advertisers to keep the site afloat.

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Spring Hill Beacon

This local news publication is part of the regional Suncoast News, which has publications covering Pasco and Pinellas counties, too. It is owned by the St. Petersburg-based Tampa Bay Newspapers Inc.

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Spring Hill Now

This site founded in 2012 and run by Keeley Toro focuses coverage on a mix of public safety, community events and business news.

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Suncoast Standard

This bi-monthly newspaper based in Inverness describes itself as "focusing on local news with a conservative bias serving Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter Counties." The Standards' site lists its owner as Newman Strategy Goup LLC, which state records show belongs to Louis Newman and Kelley Newman of Beverly Hills, Florida.

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Tampa Bay Times

This 12-time Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper was founded in 1884 and was formerly named the St. Petersburg Times. The Times' coverage extends through Tampa Bay and it has a bureau in Hernando County, but the organization's reporting, including that of PolitiFact.com, sometimes extends to national and international events. The non-profit Poynter Institute owns the Times.

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The Tampa Tribune

The younger of Tampa Bay's two major newspapers, the Trib was founded in 1895 as the Tampa Daily Times. The Tribune, while a Media General property, began publishing the Hernando Today in 1987 but shuttered it in 2014. The Tribune was sold to Tampa Media Group, Inc., an offshoot of Revolution Capital Group, and in May 2016 was purchased and absorbed by the Tampa Bay Times. TBO.com still operates, though it is populated with Tampa Bay Times content.

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