For the first time in more than seven decades, newspaper lovers in Binghamton will no longer receive a print edition seven days a week.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin plans to drop its Saturday print edition after March 5.
The plan was announced on the Binghamton newspaper website pressconnects.com Wednesday afternoon.
The move is the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures that the newspaper’s owner, Gannett, has implemented over the past few years. 136 corporate newspapers across the United States are eliminating Saturday print editions as circulation numbers continue to fall.
Many newspaper industry watchers expected Gannett to drop more print editions in 2022. The company began the process by eliminating several print editions over holiday weekends last year.
Gannett representatives will not comment on when they plan to drop print editions on certain weekdays.
Print advertising is light on Mondays and Tuesdays, making these editions likely targets for future cost reductions. Most advertising continues to appear in the Sunday and Thursday editions.
Gannett closed his $50 million print shop in Johnson City four years ago. The factory was closed only 12 years after it opened.
Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca newspapers are now printed in the town of Greece, near Rochester. Production changes resulted in shorter lead times, meaning print editions no longer had news of evening government meetings or sports scores.
the Binghamton Press published its first edition on April 11, 1904. The newspaper was published Monday through Saturday for over 45 years. The Sunday press debuted on September 11, 1949. After that, the print edition was a go-to seven days a week, except holidays. A holiday edition was instituted in 1975.
Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected].
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