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Oregonian to end daily run?
The Willamette Weekly reported yesterday that The Oregonian may cease to be a daily based on actions by Advance Publications, Inc who dropped the New Orleans Times-Picayune to a 3x week paper and has said that it’s considering altering printing schedules of other papers in the chain – the Oregonian being one of their papers. They also say management has indicated that they’d end up like the Times-Picayune.:
For years, editors and executives at The Oregonian denied Portland’s newspaper would ever be less than a daily. But in the newsroom, the announcement in New Orleans shattered any illusions.
Staffers here say Oregonian editors now indicate the paper is likely to follow suit, although no one is saying when that will happen or how many days the newspaper will drop from its publishing schedule.
But Jim Romenesko reports that Oregonian publisher is denying it. The publicher, N. Christian Anderson III, tells Romenesko that the Willamette Weekly is wrong stating, “I have not told people that we’re changing our publishing schedule. Nor have I hinted at that. Any characterization to the contrary is simply incorrect.”
I note that this is not a complete denial of the talk of dropping from a daily – he only denies that he’s not told anyone that they would.
We’ll have to watch and see. The Oregonian has been around for 162 years and is home to editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman.