Mort Zuckerman considers selling the Daily News

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Mort Zuckerman attends the 21st Annual Living Landmarks Ceremony at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is exploring the sale of the paper, according to a memo sent out to Daily News staff and obtained by BuzzFeed News.

In the email sent out on Thursday, Zuckerman said they were approached a few weeks ago about selling the paper, which he acquired in 1993, but there were no immediate plans to consider it. According to the memo, they are now exploring the possibility of the sale.

Read Zuckerman’s full email below:

I want to share with you a new development regarding the company.

A few weeks ago, we were approached about our potential interest in selling the Daily News. Although there were no immediate plans to consider a sale, we thought it would be prudent to explore the possibility and talk to potential buyers and/or investors. To help us with the process, I have retained Lazard, a leading financial advisory firm.

I have not come to this decision easily. But I believe the immense hard work in turning the business around in an extremely challenging period for the industry, has put the Daily News in as strong a position than it has ever been, particularly online.

I appreciate that this news is difficult for you to digest. But I want to reassure you that my aim throughout this process will be to do the right thing for the business to ensure the Daily News and its brilliant staff have the best opportunity to achieve all our future ambitions.

Mort