‘Deseret News’ Plans Morning Delivery

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(AP) The Deseret News will be a morning paper seven days a week by next summer, the paper’s publisher announced Friday.

The paper currently is an afternoon paper on weekdays and a morning paper on weekends.

The morning conversion was approved Sept. 11 by the Deseret News board of directors.

On Friday, the Newspaper Agency Corp. board approved the plan. Newspaper Agency board members include executives from The Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune. The agency handles joint production, advertising, and circulation for the two papers under a joint operating agreement.

Denver-based MediaNews took over The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s largest newspaper, on Aug. 1. MediaNews purchased the Tribune in January 2001, but had to wait to take control because of complex contracts and an ownership dispute that has yet to be settled fully.

The Deseret News had fought with the Tribune‘s former Publisher Dominic Welch and Chief Operating Officer Randy Frisch, who were removed by MediaNews Group after the purchase, over moving the paper to morning publication.

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