Newspaper industry struggles continue as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced a cut from seven days a week to five.
The change, which went into effect this weekend, makes Pittsburgh the largest U.S. city without a daily printed newspaper.
The 232-year-old paper first announced the cutback in June but did not give a date for the action. The paper will continue to produce a daily online edition.
“It’s the year 2018,” said Keith Wilkowski, the paper’s owner. “And with the way people review and expect to review information and news, we think we’re doing the right thing.”
“We will be publishing a (digital) newspaper seven days a week,” Wilkowski said. “And, frankly, we reach more people via online than through the print publication.”
It isn’t clear how many newsroom jobs will be lost with the cutback. The union representing them tweeted that it was “an insane, misguided plan.” It also called the change “the beginning of the end.”
Newspaper employment has dropped from more than 71,000 in 2007 to a little more than 39,000 in 2017, according to a June report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.