Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rocky Mountain News closes; is this just the beginning?

Eric Deggans writes:

The implications are obvious: As the No. 2 paper in a substantially sized metropolitan area, the Rocky closes as a warning to news consumers. The few cities lucky enough to have two newspapers are on notice that the situation may not last long, including Seattle, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and, of course, the Tampa Bay area.

Industry experts have looked at our market -- which houses the Bradenton Herald, Lakeland Ledger and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in addition to the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times -- and wondered how one metropolitan area could support so many newspapers.

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