Tuesday, December 23, 2008

9 weekly papers face final deadline

Workers at nine weekly newspapers in the area were told Monday that the papers will close in January if a buyer is not found by Dec. 31.

Chris McCarthy, editor of the Elizabethtown Chronicle, said employees learned that the paper's owner, Journal Register Co., plans to stop publishing weeklies in the area.

Other local papers on Journal Register's chopping block are Donegal Ledger, Columbia Ledger, Hershey Chronicle, Solanco Sun Ledger, Parkesburg Post Ledger, Coatesville Ledger, Downingtown Ledger and Oxford Tribune, McCarthy said.

"Our publisher met with us (Monday) morning, informing us that if a buyer does not come forward by the end of 2008, we will be publishing our last issue Jan. 8," McCarthy said.

Journal Register, based in Yardley, owns 22 daily newspapers and about 300 non-daily publications.

It is unclear how many jobs are in jeopardy at the nine local weekly newspapers that are for sale.


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