GateHouse Daily Converts to Strictly Local Twice-Weekly

By: E&P Staff

The Daily News Tribune, Needham, Mass., will redesign and convert to a twice-weekly publication as of Aug. 31, renaming itself the Waltham News Tribune and focusing coverage on that city, but remaining based in Needham.

Now a five-day paper, the GateHouse Media publication will reach homes and news stands on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Local news and sports will be updated daily on the paper’s Website, WickedLocalWaltham.com, and a new mobile phone app will deliver breaking news and sports scores to subscribers, according to Publisher Greg Reibman

“We will be all Waltham, all the time,” the paper quoted Reibman saying, adding that it no longer will cover Newton and other area communities.

The Waltham Daily Tribune launched in 1882, and combined with the Waltham Free Press 10 years later as the Free Press Tribune. It became the Waltham News Tribune, and then the Daily News Tribune in 1924.

The paper also noted on July 7 that its managing editor, Brad Spiegel, with the Tribune for 10 years, leaves July 9 to take the same position at the Lynn Item. Moving up to managing editor will be night editor Andrew Merritt.

“We are not trimming our reporting staff as part of this change,” said Reibman. “We are only altering our focus.”

The paper said subscription balances will transfer to the new schedule, and the newsstand copy price will remain 75 cents.

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