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Saginaw News Informative - Giving Up Daily Delivery...

Review by old fart on 2009-03-23
SAGINAW / BAY CITY, MICHIGAN -- As of May 31st. the Saginaw News, along with sister publications of Booth newspapers in Michigan is giving up daily delivery and producing a newspaper only on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.. Other days can be accessed on line..

Loss of readership and rising costs have finally tolled the death knell for the group of papers.

It has taken on the appearance of a one horse operation and is a shadow of it's former self.

The problem would be for those older folks who are not computer literate..
Delivery will be affected also, leaving some folks to forage for Paper distribution boxes...

Things change and not for the better....
Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-05-11
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-23:
We have a local paper here (my wife was advertising her biz in it) that went under a few months ago.As far as the Sacto Bee goes,they are still in operation. I enjoyed the local paper,it didn't have all the doom and gloom like most papers do..
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-23:
Newspaper readership has been declining about 10%/yr. So few people read a newspaper, that advertisers (the real source of revenue) have moved to other venues (radio, TV, internet, etc). Just part of the march of progress...I'll bet people were upset when places did away with town criers too.
Posted by old fart on 2009-03-23:
That's true Doc...
What's also true is that the paper's value was reduced to a way of keeping track of who died from my senior class and keeping current with "Beetle Bailey" and "the Family Circus"...

It eventually devolved into a convenient daily fish-wrap!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-23:
We are seeing a few bite the dust out here too. Sad, the Internet has kind of killed off some great American history. Good review, thanks.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-23:
Sadly, I believe what I read on blogs more than I believe the crap I read in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Posted by cherpep on 2009-03-23:
The Detroit News is doing the same thing. I'm gonna really miss my Saturday paper. That's the only morning hubby and I can curl up on the couch, have a cup of coffee, and share the paper. We really enjoy that morning. I just don't understand why that is one that they would discontinue home delivery. Saturday and Sunday would be the days I want it at home, the rest I could pick up at the newsstand.
Posted by old fart on 2009-03-23:
Cherpep... the Ann Arbor Daily is going away completely... sad!
Posted by old fart on 2009-05-11:
Postscript to this story... I just got the bill for the new monthly rate for the paper... They will only be publishing the newspaper 3 days a week but they will only reduce the price from $16.50 per month down to $15 dollars per month...I told them where they could stick their paper...!!
Posted by Ponie on 2009-05-11:
old fart, at least they gave you a reduction. When the Free Press and News here went to delivery on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday only just a couple of weeks ago, they didn't give us a subscription reduction. It's the same price. BUT--we get free access to the online edition every day of the week, whereas non-subscribers don't get complete access. Yippee! I'm underwhelmed.

Just ain't the same having a cup of coffee in one hand and the other on a mouse. Plus, since I don't have a laptop, I have to sit in this crummy, uncomfortable chair at my desktop.

Posted by MRM on 2009-05-11:
Depending if you're eyesight is good, there a 8.9" netbook for $250 at Best Buy this week. I got a similar netbook and it is great to use. I cant leave alone and Im always carrying it with me where ever I go.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-05-11:
Now, MRM, I might consider that purchase--if the newspaper would pay for it. :)

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