The New Jersey-based owners of The Oregonian have revealed their latest cutbacks in Cleveland—but they have for now spared The Plain Dealer the reduction in print days that gutted The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Instead, Advance Publications Inc.—the Newhouse media empire that owns more than three dozen newspapers across the country—announced today that it will reduce home delivery of The Plain Dealer to three days a week, but continue producing a print edition every day.
The company was expected to cut The Plain Dealer back to three print days a week, as it has with its newspapers in Michigan, Alabama and Louisiana. Advance's decision in Cleveland marks a compromise, after employees started a public "Save the Plain Dealer" campaign, with billboards and a locally brewed "7-Day Lager."
Is that a good sign for staff at The Oregonian, where the newsroom has been anxiously awaiting word of what cutbacks Advance will impose?
Maybe, but some reporters on the Oregonian staff were not overjoyed.