Local newspaper deliveries reduced this week

9:38 AM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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The Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle, Kalamazoo Gazette and Jackson Citizen Patriot are cutting home delivery to just three days per week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Subscribers to the Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle and Kalamazoo Gazette will notice big changes this week.  

Friday will mark the first day the newspapers will go to a reduced home delivery schedule, delivered on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.   Daily printed editions will be available on newsstands and in vending machines.

Booth Newspapers, which publishes all three, is switching its focuses to delivering news on digital devices like cellphones, iPads and computers.  Booth has restructured into the MLive Media Group.  

Dan Gaydou, MLive Media Group's president, told WZZM 13 Wednesday, "This is exactly what we need to do today if we're going to respond to what the consumer wants, if we're to respond to what the public demands. These are the kind of steps we have to take because we have to be responsive on every platform."

Gaydou conceded he's received lots of calls and questions about the reduction in home delivery.  "Change can be difficult and people certainly have let us know that in many cases that's not what they would have wished," he said.

The change will mean a 45% pay cut for Troy Aubrey, who was out delivering papers Wednesday in East Grand Rapids.   He says he expects many people will stop subscribing. 

"There are a lot of people who just don't want the paper, they want it seven days or nothing" Aubrey said.

Gaydou said the papers that are delivered will be bigger and better than before, and a complete overhaul of the MLive website is set to start Thursday morning.

"Your newspaper's not going anywhere, it's going everywhere" Gaydou said Wednesday.










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