4. The Times-Picayune ends daily paper

4. The Times-Picayune ends daily paper

4. The Times-Picayune ends daily paper

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by WWLTV.com

wwltv.com

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:08 AM

The paper no longer a daily – Despite a huge hue and cry from the public, not to mention rallies, fundraisers, concerts, and even threats, the Times-Picayune ended a 175-year tradition: printing a daily newspaper. 

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With the decision to end the daily printed paper and the T-P’s move to a more digitally focused business model, dozens of folks lost their jobs on Howard Avenue (WWL-TV was lucky enough to land two reporters, David Hammer and Brendan McCarthy, who left during the shakeup), and New Orleans lost a voice.  Although just a daily printed voice, the end of the daily paper was an emotional experience for many.  

“I think they’ve torn apart an institution," said Katy Reckdahl, a reporter let go in the change. "It’s not about me really. It’s about who I’m seeing walk out that door crying. It’s the end of news in New Orleans, I think."

Management claimed that eroding readership and a shifting business model demanded the difficult moves.  New Orleans wasn’t alone, however, as Advance Publications, the parent company that owns the T-P, restructured the Times-Picayune along with several other papers the company owned in Alabama. 

With the demise of the daily, New Orleans became the largest city in America without a daily newspaper (That appears short-lived as The Cleveland Plain Dealer looks to be headed to a similar fate under the Newhouse plan).  The Baton Rouge-based Advocate quickly stepped into the void created by the Picayune’s departure from printing a daily and opened a bureau in New Orleans to offer a daily paper of their own.   

-- Michael Luke --

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