Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Struggling Detroit papers drop home delivery to three days a week

Beset by falling revenue, Detroit's newspapers announced Tuesday that they plan to offer only three days of home delivery and will push their online editions instead, making the city the largest in the nation to undergo such a makeover.

The Detroit Media Partnership, which runs the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, expects to cut about nine per cent of its workforce but "hopefully" less, and there will be no job reductions in the newsrooms of either paper, said David Hunke, Free Press publisher and chief executive of the partnership.

"We're here because we're fighting for our survival," Hunke said at a news conference. "We're also here because we have an absolute resolve to not only save but rethink and rebuild two of the greatest newspapers in this country."

Hunke described the moves as "a geometric leap forward."

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