Billionaire twins David and Frederick Barclay have bought a controlling stake in Conrad Black's media empire.
Lord Black resigned when irregularities came to light
The Barclays have agreed terms to buy Lord Black's 78% stake in Hollinger, which owns titles including Britain's Sunday and Daily Telegraph.
They have now made a takeover offer for the whole of Hollinger.
Lord Black - ousted as Hollinger chairman amid allegations, which he denies, of financial irregularities - said his papers would be in "caring hands".
Ahead of the pack
In a statement he said: "It will be distressing to part from the Telegraph newspapers, the Spectator, the Chicago newspapers and the Jerusalem Post, in particular, but these fine titles must not be hobbled any longer by the current controversies and financial uncertainty.
"They will be in good and caring hands and we will be able to focus exclusively on resolving current legal and public relations concerns."
In theory, there is still a tender under way for control of Hollinger, a target that has attracted interest from a string of bidders including Express newspapers' owner Richard Desmond.
The Barclays' deal does not scupper the tender, but effectively puts them in a far stronger position than their rivals.
It gives them 73% of the voting rights at Hollinger, which would be a substantial disincentive for any other potential bidders.
The brothers have valued the firm at £260m, double its closing price on Friday night.
According to sources close to the deal, the brothers intend to take Hollinger private, and see it as a long-term investment.
The Barclays, who have a reputation as reclusive and patient investors, own a varied portfolio including the Scotsman newspaper group, the Ritz hotel and Littlewoods catalogues.
Hurdles to clear
The deal still faces a number of potential obstacles.
Most pressing is a suit filed on Friday by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which attempts to block Lord Black from selling up until its investigation into Hollinger's financial affairs is concluded.
Conrad Black's voracious appetite for newspaper acquisition, outspoken conservative views and abrasive tongue have made him a bete noire for liberals
Lord Black is also being investigated by the Hollinger board, which alleges a range of financial abuses including excessive management fees paid to Ravelston, Lord Black's holding company.
There could also potentially be regulatory issues, often a major factor in media takeovers.
But the Barclays feel that there are no likely regulatory impediments to a deal.