* Says dramatic changes and weak economy forced its hand
NEW YORK May 15 USA Today publisher Gannett Co
(GCI.N) said on Friday it is closing down the print edition of
the Arizona newspaper Tucson Citizen but will keep operating
its website at www.tucsoncitizen.com.
Gannett said the last print edition of Tucson Citizen will
be published on Saturday, May 16 after "dramatic changes" in
the newspaper industry combined with the difficult economy in
Tucson region forced its hand.
"It no longer viable to produce two daily printed
newspapers in Tucson," said Bob Dickey, president of the U.S.
Community Publishing unit of Gannett.
Lee Enterprises publishes the Arizona Daily Star newspaper.
It also formed a joint operating agreement with Gannett to
publish the Citizen. Such agreements are forged in certain
instances to allow multiple newspapers in one city. That
agreement ends on Saturday.
Lee plans to publish a Tucson Citizen weekly editorial in
the Daily Star as part of a partnership with Gannett.
Tucson Citizen was founded in 1859 and Gannett said it is
the oldest continuously published newspaper in Arizona.
U.S. newspapers have struggled with rapidly decline
advertising and shrinking print circulations as readers have
This year has proven to be pivotal for the U.S. newspaper
business. Some big-city dailies, including E.W. Scripps Co's
(SSP.N) Rocky Mountain News, have closed. Hearst Corp's Seattle
Post-Intelligencer has stopped its print edition and has an
online edition that is far smaller than the printed newspaper
Others, like the New York Times Co (NYT.N)-owned Boston
Globe and Hearst's San Francisco Chronicle, face the threat of
(Reporting by Yinka Adegoke; Editing by Derek Caney)