TownNews CMS and Digital Publishing Solutions Chosen for Canadian Coalition

Through this partnership, Tekan will become the exclusive provider of TownNews technology in Canada

DAVENPORT, Iowa, Feb. 08 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TownNews and Tekan announce an exclusive partnership where TownNews will become the content management system (CMS) and associated technology stack for members of a new coalition of Canadian publishers.

For TownNews, the exclusive partnership opportunity with Tekan provides a launch pad for major expansion into the Canadian market. TownNews is the leading media CMS in the United States, but has had, to date, a limited presence in Canada.

Tekan is a new venture, formed as a coalition of Canadian publishers that will scale across the country to strengthen its position in the digital advertising market and identify cost savings in systems and technology.

TownNews’ solution set was carefully benchmarked against four other CMS vendors before gaining approval from Tekan. BLOX CMS is TownNews’ mature, proprietary multimedia publishing system, powering nearly 2,000 websites, and BLOX Total CMS is used to design approximately 1,000 print publications, helping publishers improve production efficiency. The TownNews stack includes advanced audience and digital subscription technology, accelerating publishers’ subscription revenue growth; advanced analytics platform; replica electronic editions; native apps; integrated newsletter via email and social media applications, a video management system; and applications for streaming (OTT).

“TownNews is honored and proud to have been selected by Tekan as the CMS of choice after an extensive vetting process. We strongly believe in Tekan’s mission and believe it will serve as a model for other countries,” said Brad Ward, CEO of TownNews.

“We are excited to enter into an exclusive agreement to deliver the benefits that scale can deliver by reducing costs, eliminating ‘technical debt’ and enabling new revenue-increasing features that would otherwise be out of reach for many publishers,” said Doug Clarke. , president of Tekan.

“Torstar is excited to become the first Canadian publisher to sign up with Tekan for the TownNews suite of solutions,” said Paul Rivett, President and Co-Owner of Torstar.

Through this partnership, Tekan will become the exclusive provider of TownNews technology in Canada. Tekan is a newly formed, publisher-serving, publisher-owned Canadian company based in Toronto. Based in East Moline, IL, TownNews is majority owned by US media company Lee Enterprises.


TownNews provides local media with the digital services and guidance needed to transform their business models and thrive in the digital age. Our tools and expertise in digital, advertising, video, connected TV and print enable forward-thinking media organizations in dynamic markets to effectively engage their audiences, increase security and increase their income.

Fueled by a passion for local media and a proven track record of 30 years of success, over 2,000 news outlets have benefited from the platform and tools we designed specifically for the media industry to thrive. Learn more at


Lee Enterprises is a leading subscription and advertising platform and a leading provider of local news and information, with daily newspapers, fast-growing digital products and more than 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 77 markets in 26 states. Year-to-date, Lee’s newspapers have an average daily circulation of 1.0 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach over 47 million unique digital visitors. Lee’s markets include St. Louis, MO; Buffalo, New York; Omaha, NE; Richmond, Virginia; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, Iowa; and Tucson, AZ. Lee’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee, please visit

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