In Times-Picayune 'Blunder,' Proof Print Isn't Dead
Newspaper acted like 'monopolist,' paved way for new paper: David Carr
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 13, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
Prototypes of a three-day-a-week New Orleans Times-Picayune are seen taped to a door in a workroom in their news offices in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – New Orleans' venerable newspaper bet against its print business—and in so doing, shot itself in the foot, writes David Carr in the New York Times. The Times-Picayune infuriated the city when it planned to cut print editions to three days a week; now, it's going to print a paper every day, but under an "endlessly complicated" system that involves two different newspapers and multiple delivery methods. Its bosses made their moves with the "dead-eyed arrogance of a monopolist in a much-changed world," Carr writes, adding that the decisions amount to a "jaw-dropping blunder."

The new, complicated system was a "clearly defensive" effort announced a day before another newspaper, the Advocate, revealed its plans to expand into the New Orleans market. The Advocate's press conference featured Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans' mayor, suggesting "the home team had chosen sides." Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer has announced it will start selling Saturday editions at newsstands for the first time in two years. "This daily newspaper thing may be catching on," Carr notes. Indeed, "that’s where the money and the customers are for the time being." Click for Carr's full column.

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HonkUSA
May 16, 2013 10:56 AM CDT
This happened here over the past year or so . They went from 6 days a week delivery , to five , but the idiots cut their classifieds to 3 days to save on print . At the same time , they raised their monthly delivery prices by 25 % . When I went and talked to the circulation department , it was like talking to the wall . Before this happened there was a new Editor installed . So I told the 'Circulation Expert' , to give him my message that " A new broom sweeps clean , but he just swept me out of circulation , Bye, Bye " . Now their classifieds are at rock bottom . Oh Well .
NYLadygate
May 14, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
Still like the feel of the paper between my fingers. No need to log back on when I fall asleep half way thru the articles. Just left an area covered by the Times-Picayune and the 3 day deliveries were hard to get use to. Happy to be back in the land of 7 day delivery - NY!
AuralArgument
May 13, 2013 9:04 PM CDT
Really print is going to hold on because of Advertisers who refuse to move their systems to digital. They are protecting themselves thus propping up a dead medium. Even my parents who are in their 70's don't read a daily paper or weekly magazine that were the staples of my youth 30 years ago.