Newsstand tab to make Orleans paper daily again

Staffers in the Times-Picayune/ newsroom
Staffers in the Times-Picayune/ newsroom
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Months after cutting its print edition to three days a week, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has announced plans for a three-day-a-week tabloid called TPStreet available in stores and newsstands on days when the full paper isn't printed.

Editor Jim Amoss announced the 75-cent tabloid Tuesday on the newspaper's website, He said the new publication will be published Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning this summer and that the publication won't be available via home delivery.

Home subscribers will be able to get an electronic replica of TPStreet on the days it is published, in addition to an electronic version of the full Times-Picayune editions published Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (including an early Sunday edition published Saturday afternoons.)

"It will allow our readers every day to zoom in on content as they browse through the e-edition's pages on their laptops, tablets and desktop computers," Amoss wrote.

In June of last year, The Times-Picayune's owner, privately held Advance Publications Inc., and a new subsidiary, Nola Media Group, announced the paper would lay off 200 employees and shift its focus to the free site. Advance has pursued similar three-times-a-week strategies with several other newspapers in the chain.

The decision met with harsh protests in tradition-bound New Orleans, where readers had a tight bond with the 175-year-old Pulitzer-winning paper, especially after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

The Advocate, a family owned daily in Baton Rouge, reacted by offering daily news coverage and subscriptions in New Orleans.

New Orleans businessman John Georges has since agreed to buy The Advocate and was expected to close on his purchase by June 1. Georges did not immediately return a phone call for comment Tuesday. He has declined comment on the sale in the past, citing a confidentiality agreement.

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