John Henry explains (paid subscription required) why he bought the Globe, and it's basically what you'd expect the owner of a new paper to say about civic responsibility and stewardship, etc., etc. (with the possible exception that rather than inheriting vast amounts of money, he made it himself after coming of age as a McCarthy campaigner and civil-rights activist). But what's particularly interesting is his goal, even if somewhat undefined at this point, of how to change the Globe into a profitable news organization for the 21st century:
My every intention is to push the kind of boldness and investment that will make the Globe a laboratory for major newspapers across the country. We already have the great fortune to have incredible allies in the Nieman Journalism Lab and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard, as well as the MIT Media Lab. Greater Boston is a hive of technologists and writers, all of whom can contribute to the creation of a compelling newspaper for the future. And the Globe is fortunate to be in New England, a region filled with smart, engaged people who have a unique appreciation for the written word.