CNHI, which has 68 dailes and more than 40 non-dailies in 22 states, became a subsidiary of Raycom Media Inc. in September 2017. In June 2018, Raycom announced the sale of its television stations to Gray Television, which said it did not want to own newspapers and would sell CHNI as a whole or in pieces. RSA is the chief creditor of Raycom and CNHI. The sale to RSA was announced along with the closing of the Raycom sale to Gray.
RSA administers the pension fund for state employees in Alabama, and has made a number of non-traditional investments in golf courses and hotels. "Those who are concerned about accountability journalism and ownership of newspapers in this country should be pleased at this development," said Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, publisher of The Rural Blog. "CNHI has a history of supporting strong journalism in its communities and providing statehouse news coverage, which has been declining for years in most states."