Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tucson Paper to Stop Printing Saturday

ARIZONA'S oldest continuously published daily newspaper, The Tucson Citizen, will publish its final print edition Saturday after its owner failed to find a buyer.
Kate Marymont, Gannett’s vice president for news, told the newspaper’s staff on Friday that The Citizen would continue with a Web edition providing commentary and opinion, but no news or sports coverage. She said the paper’s 60 employees would know by the end of Friday if they would be laid off, kept on short term or be hired long term.
The 138-year-old paper had a circulation about 17,000 today. The Citizen has a joint operating agreement with Lee Enterprises, which publishes the competing Arizona Daily Star.
Because of the agreement, the Arizona attorney general’s office filed a complaint Friday in federal court seeking to halt the closing. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Terry Goddard said the complaint was filed in Tucson shortly before court closed, and a motion for a temporary restraining order also was filed.
Robert J. Dickey, president of Gannett’s community publishing division, said that a Tucson Citizen editorial weekly would run in The Star.

Source: nytimes.com

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