Seattle P-I Now Entirely Digital News

newspaperThe Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes to print for the last time tomorrow morning.

The Hearst Corp. announced Monday that it would stop publishing the 146-year old newspaper, Seattle's oldest business, and cease delivery to more than 117,600 weekday readers.

The company, however, said it would maintain seattlepi.com, making it the nation's largest daily newspaper to shift to an entirely digital news product.

It's an "entirely digital news product", but it's not the same product they were printing. It's now a slimmed down source of local news and opinion.

It's a tough time for newspapers.

Seattle follows Denver in losing a daily newspaper this year, after the Rocky Mountain news closed.

And in Arizona, Gannett's Tucson Citizen is set to close on Saturday, leaving one newspaper in that city.

Last month the San Francisco Chronicle said it plans to cut a "significant" number of jobs to meet cost-cutting targets, and that if the targets are not met, then the paper could be sold or closed down.

The New York Times is struggling to service debts of some $400m, amid dwindling cash reserves and plunging revenue.

Last year it had to mortgage its gleaming new headquarters (built in 2007 with much fanfare) to bolster its cash flow.

The Tribune Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and many other titles, filed for bankruptcy in December, and although its newspapers remain in publication, the repercussions of the bankruptcy filing are likely to lead to restructuring.

Three other newspaper companies have also filed for bankruptcy in recent months.

They are Star Tribune Holding Corporation (which owns the Minneapolis Star-Tribune), the Journal Register Company (which owns the New Haven Register and a number of other titles in the North East), and Philadelphia Newspapers LLC (which owns Philadelphia's two top newspapers, the Inquirer and the Daily News).

In this city, we've got the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, the Globe & Mail and the National Post, as well as a couple of local papers, Eye Weekly and Now. And I'm not even getting into the free papers. Can they all survive?


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Buffalo Boy Mike

Think of how much energy would be saved too by going to a "paperless" paper Only one problem though, do you think, not having the hard copies out on the street would decrease overall exposure?
I read the Buffalo News because its out there and I can pick up a copy whenever I want, however, if I had to sit infront of my computer and read it at home, aint happening, too much other crap going on, Im more likely to read it on the fly with my morning cup of hot what ever is in my cup or as Im sitting down at night for dinner.

March 16, 2009 @ 5:41 PM

dale

Being in the printing industry for 30 years newspaper & magazine circulation have decreased enourmously last couple of years. Toronto Sun not even printing TV guide section unless you request it for an addt'l cost.
The problem is the cost of paper as North American markets pay a much higher cost for paper than overseas & the internet where info is publicized every day.
Fortunately we don't print these items but we have our own situations to deal with -competition. Pricing (not costs) are cheaper than many years ago just to keep presses running.

March 16, 2009 @ 6:53 PM

LEW

Also in printing since '82 - here is a cool promo from a print firm in Montreal, Pazazz - print will never die!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpAuDrs5ocg

March 16, 2009 @ 11:37 PM

nickel

If newspapers can replace the 'bread and butter' classified revenues (lost to the many web based sites)--newspapers will go out of business. declines in major advertisers pages since the the start of this recession makes the survival prospects even more grim.
Toronto Sun TV guide is available as a no extra charge option to subscribers only.
Take away Sun/ Quebecor ad pages and there is no advertising to support the work and paper cost to put out this every week.

March 17, 2009 @ 12:06 AM

Clifton Kamiya

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January 1, 2010 @ 1:33 PM

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