who like the feel of newsprint in their hands only have two weeks left to enjoy
the state's largest newspaper. KMXT's Jay Barrett has more:
Anchorage Daily News will be ceasing shipments to almost all parts of the Bush
after the Sunday paper on December 28th.
Weinfurter, the circulation director for the Daily News, says air freight costs
are just too high to continue the service. He calls the decision unfortunate,
but said the company spends 25-thousand dollars a month to ship the paper out
daily. It's not something the paper wanted to do, Weinfurter said, but rather
something it had to do.
where the paper is trucked will still get shipments, but most communities
served by air will lose service. The exceptions are Fairbanks,
Juneau and Valdez.
He said oil companies pay to ship the paper to Prudhoe Bay.
said Kodiak is one of the larger communities where service will end. Pat
Branson said she will miss the paper every day:
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sec "I'm already experiencing
... there's a big difference.")
said it was possible for the Daily News to subsidize shipments to the Bush back
when there was a newspaper war with the long-defunct Anchorage Times, but with
the cost of shipping today, it's no longer feasible. He said sending the paper
to the Bush has been a money losing operation for quite a few years. About
15-hundred copies are shipped out daily.
said providing almost the entire paper's content for free online at ADN dot com
has not helped keep circulation numbers up for the printed edition.
said individuals have a couple of options if they still want to see the paper.
One is a mail subscription, and the other is a subscription to the electronic
PDF version, not to be confused with the paper's web site. However, a first
class mail subscription costs 2,080-dollars a year. A second-class subscription
is a fourth of that, but the papers could take a week or more to arrive. The
PDF subscription, where you can read each page just as it is laid out in print,
is 10-dollars per month.
said the cost of a mail subscription was excessive, and that an electronic
version is just not the same:
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sec "Well, I don' think ... is
a newspaper is a newspaper.")
News is owned by the McClatchy Company, which, like the newspaper industry as a
whole, has seen its share of financial woes lately. But Weinfurter says the
decision to cease Bush deliveries was made in Anchorage.