Friday, January 23, 2009

R-P cuts publication to three days per week

The Register-Pajaronian, a daily newspaper with roots dating back 141 years, reported Thursday it will cut its publication in half due to a sharp decline in advertising revenue.

The newspaper, which won the Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting in 1956, will be published and delivered three days per week -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -- beginning Feb. 3, Publisher Tom Cross announced in Thursday's paper. The paper is currently published six days per week.

The move was precipitated by the collapse of major advertisers Mervyns and Circuit City, the paper reported. The paper also expects economic troubles faced by local retailer Gottschalks will cut into revenue.

In Thursday's article, Cross did not indicate whether the paper would change the subscription rate or whether jobs were cut. However, one editor confirmed Friday he had been laid off.


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