Pa. newspaper to cut publication to 3 days a week

Hanover, Pa., newspaper to cut publication to 3 days a week, shifting focus to website

Associated Press

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) -- The daily newspaper in Hanover is cutting back its publication to three days a week.

Sara Glines, publisher of The Evening Sun, said Wednesday the change will take effect Jan. 1.

The move will allow the company to focus on its website, which will continue to be updated with news developments as they occur, and no staff reductions are planned at this time, she said.

Glines said the newspaper, owned by the Denver-based MediaNews Group, will continue to publish on Sundays, and the other two publication days will be picked based on the preference of readers and advertisers.

"By giving up four days of print, we will be able to give our readers weekday newspapers that will be bigger than the weekday newspapers they are getting today," she said, adding that print editions would include seven days of comics, puzzles and TV listings.

The Sun has a circulation of more than 13,400 Monday through Saturday, with nearly 17,000 on Sunday, and the website draws 175,000 unique visitors per month, said Marc Charisse, its editor in chief.

It is the second Pennsylvania newspaper to reduce its days of publication.

At the beginning of this year, The Patriot-News, which serves the Harrisburg area, cut back to a three-day publication schedule as part of a corporate reorganization that expanded online news coverage on its PennLive website and provided an electronic edition for subscribers to the newspaper. The printed edition is published on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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