Detroit Papers to Cut Home Delivery

Likely move will be first for major metro rags
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2008 9:03 AM CST
Hundreds line up to buy copies of the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press in front of the newspapers' building in Detroit after the election, November 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Brandy Baker)
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(Newser) – In another sign of the dire health of the newspaper business, leading Detroit newspapers are expected to announce this week that they're eliminating home delivery 4 days a week, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Detroit Free Press and the News would be the first major metropolitan papers to take such a step, sending readers instead to the newsstand and to expanded online editions.

Home delivery would be available only on the most ad-heavy days—Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. “It's time for us to look at some radical departures from our business model,” says the CEO of the firm that runs both papers.