At least three investor groups with local ties apparently remain in contention to buy the Boston Globe and its related businesses, according to people briefed on the matter.
The narrowed field of bidders includes members of the Taylor family that formerly owned the Globe; Boston Red Sox owner John Henry; and Robert Loring, a Massachusetts native who owns the Tampa Tribune, said people briefed on the process.
The owner of the U-T San Diego newspaper is a possible fourth finalist, but the status of the bid could not be confirmed Thursday.
The competing bids range from $65 million to $80 million, according to the people briefed on the matter. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.