December 13, 2008
Detroit papers mull ending home delivery
The company that operates Detroit's two daily newspapers will likely soon cease home delivery on most days, sources say.
Detroit Media Partnership L.P., which operates the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, is considering a likely scenario in which it will cease home delivery of the newspapers on all but its most lucrative days -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday, unnamed sources told Saturday's Wall Street Journal.
If Detroit Media made the move, the Free Press and the News would become first dailies in a major metropolitan market to curtail home delivery and drastically scale back their print editions, the Journal said.
Weekday circulation has declined 15 percent at the Free Press and 22 percent at the News during the past five years, Audit Bureau of Circulations figures show.