Thursday, March 26, 2009

Citizen doesn't have to end this way

David Hatfield writes:

A last-minute reprieve of sorts meant the Tucson Citizen didn’t publish its final edition March 21 as parent company Gannett Co. pursues negotiations with potential buyers of the afternoon daily newspaper. It’s probably only a stay of execution for the Citizen as we know it. Even if it were to continue, it most likely would be a different publication. I wonder if the late Sen. Carl Hayden and U.S. Rep. Mo Udall might be spinning in their graves?

The business model for a printed afternoon daily newspaper has been trending down for years, but looking back on it, recent decisions by Citizen management only hastened its demise.

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