End Of The Line For Rocky Mountain News; Misses 150th Birthday By Two Months


imageJust two months shy of its 150th birthday, EW Scripps (NYSE: SSP) will close Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, the paper reported (via Romenesko). In December, Scripps said it would fold the paper unless it could find a buyer. Considering the woeful state of the newspaper market in general these days — and Scripps’ $16 million losses at The Rocky last year — closure seemed almost inevitable. In mid-January, hopes were raised at the paper when an potential buyer expressed interest. But it was not to be. The buyer was turned away for what Scripps said was the inability of the proposed purchaser to offer a “viable plan.” About 400 staffers will lose their jobs as a result. More after the jump

The Rocky has been part of a joint operating agreement with MediaNews Group



Seems like a situation like this, a paper going under, is a grand opportunity to _test_ out a move to a fully digital format. Everything is in place, just ditch the trees and the distribution liabilities.

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