Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bessemer Western Tribune Closes

The Western Tribune, in Bessemer, Alabama, ceased publishing on March 22nd, 2010. The Western Tribune was a weekly publication established three years ago to compete against the Western Star.

Pinellas News Closes

The Pinellas News, a weekly Florida publication, ceased publishing on Friday, March 26th, 2010.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bloomington Herald Times Discontinues TMC

The Bloomington Herald Times has announced it will discontinue its TMC product, the Hoosier Shopper, effect April 6, 2010.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Galesburg Register-Mail Switches to Morning Delivery

The Galesburg Register-Mail will switch to Morning Delivery, Monday through Saturday, effective April 19th, 2010 per an article in Editor & Publisher. The Sunday edition is already delivered in the morning.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Singleton's MediaNews Group Emerges From Bankruptcy

CHICAGO MediaNews Group’s holding company said Friday it is out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

On Jan. 22, the parent of The Denver Post and 53 other dailies filed a so-called prepackaged bankruptcy that had been approved in advance by its lenders.

Under the plan, confirmed March 4 by a U.S. Bankruptcy judge in Delaware, the debt of Affiliated Media, the newspaper group holding company, drops to approximately $165 million from $930 million to approximately $165 million.

Secured lenders exchanged their debt for an 89% stake in the company, but Chairman William Dean Singleton remains in control of the chain with the power to appoint four of the seven directors.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Long Beach District Weekly Closes

The District Weekly in Long Beach, CA, will publish its last issue on March 24th per its editor-in-chief. The District Weekly is a three year old alternative weekly, with a distribution of approximately 24,000.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Daily Sound Discontinues Home Delivery

The Daily Sound (Santa Barbara, CA) has discontinued its subscriber home delivery effective March 12, 2010. The publication is increasing its free rack delivery by 1200 copies to compensate for this.

The paper had first provided home delivery in April 2008.

Washington Post to Launch Business Publication

The Washington Post will be launching a weekly business publication called the Capital Business. The publication will launch on April 19th, 2010, and will be available to to Washington Post subscribers for an additional subscription price of $49. The Capital Business will be delivered with the Post to the subscribers on Mondays.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Clarendon Citizen Launches

The Clarendon Citizen, a weekly publication covering Manning, SC, will launch with its first edition on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010. The Citizen is owned by Clive Dowell and Jeffrey Black. Dowell will also serve as the editor and publisher.

A portion of the Citizen is staffed by former staff members of the established competition, Manning Times. The entire staff walked out on the times last Monday.

River Cities Daily Tribune Discontinues Weekday Print Distribution

The River Cities Daily Tribune, from Marble Falls, Texas, will discontinue its weekday print distribution effective March 15, 2010, instead converting to an online edition only. The paper will continue printing its Sunday edition, the River Cities Sunday Tribune.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Booth Adds New Coverage for Saginaw and Bay City

Booth Newspapers is creating a new edition called the Great Lakes Bay Tuesday. This publication will be delivered to stores, racks and newstands in the same distribution area as the Saginaw News and Bay City Times. This is to accomodate readers who are missing the news those two publications used to provide on Tuesdays. The estimated distribution of this edition, which will launch March 30th, 2010, is 23,500.

This is in conjunction with the Flint Journal announcement of a new Tuesday edition, reported yesterday.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flint Journal Adds Tuesday Edition

The Flint Journal will be re-instating a Tuesday edition, but it will not include the edition in its home delivery. The Tuesday edition will only be available as single copy in racks and newstands. This will be effective March 23rd, 2010.

The Journal had converted from distribution seven days a week to three days a week in June of 2009.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Freedom Communications Sale of East Valley Tribune Approved

A federal judge has approved the sale of the East Valley Tribune to 1013 Communications LLC (13th Street Media) as part of Freedom Communications bankruptcy. This sale will also include the following Freedom publications: Ahwatukee Foothills News, the Sun City Daily News-Sun, Glendale/Peoria Today, Surprise Today, and the Clipper.

Huerfano Journal and Huerfano County World Merge

The Huerfano Journal purchased the competitor publication Huerfano County World, and merged to the two publications together on February 26th per Editor & Publisher. The new publication is called the Huerfano World Journal and will have a circulation of 2,500.

Greenville Press Closes

The Greenville Press, a weekly publication in upstate New York, closed for business suddenly on February 1, 2010. The details surrounding the closing were strange, per an article in the Daily Mail.

The Greenville Press had failed to file any employment taxes for 2009, and as a result the employees of the company, who were not notified of the closing, were unable to receive unemployment benefits.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Osceola News Gazette Discontinues TMC

The Osceola News Gazette will discontinue publishing its TMC product the Osceola Shopper on March 25, 2010. The shopper was distributed to non-subscribers on Wednesdays.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Elizabethtown Advocate

The Elizabethtown Advocate, a 6 page broadsheet, was launched in February 2010 by Dan Robrish. The Advocate covers local news for Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lakeshore Newspapers Closes Two Publications

Lakeshore Newspapers (Cedarburg, WI) has announced that two of its publications will be closing by the end of March 2010. The Hartford Times Press will cease as a stand along publication on Wednesday, March 24th, and the Washington County Advantage will cease publishing on March 31st.

The Times Press will be delivered as an editorial wrap to the Oconee Sunday Post, delivered on Friday's and Saturdays.