Another Illinois Paper Cuts Monday Editions

By: E&P Staff

Yesterday, the publisher of the Review Atlas in Monmouth, Ill., announced that the paper would no longer produce a Monday edition.

The announcement was made Monday by Review Atlas Publisher Tony Scott, who cited rising newsprint costs, gasoline and postage costs, and declining ad revenue. The paper will now publish Tuesday through Saturday.

The Atlas is the second paper to discontinue its Monday edition in the space of a month. At the beginning of June, the Review Atlas’ sister paper, the Kewanee Star Courier, announced that it, too, was doing away with its Monday paper. Both papers are owned by GateHouse Media.

According to the statement made by Scott and distributed by GateHouse, the price of newsprint has risen 45% since this time last year. The newspaper was also suffering from the industry’s slump in overall ad revenue (down 12.9% from last year), and classified revenue ( down 24.9% from last year).

Scott added that the decision to end the Review-Atlas’ Monday edition was also taken so that the newspaper could provide the best possible product daily without cutting back on staff or raising subscription costs.

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