By: Mark Fitzgerald
The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, which discontinued regular seven-day home-delivery last year, will make it available again in some areas at a premium rate under a program with independent carriers, Freep Editor and Publisher Paul Anger said in a reader’s note in the Sunday paper.
Home delivery will be available on the discontinued days — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday — in “limited location” in about a month. The program, he said, would expand over time. Both papers publish print newspapers for single-copy sales on those days, but subscribers now get only electronic editions when there is not home delivery.
Wrote Anger: “We’re taking this step for two reasons: First, the U.S. Postal Service is seeking to stop mail delivery on Saturdays. We have 4,500 same-day mail subscribers in the metro area who pay a premium rate to receive the newspaper, and we’ve been looking for a way to continue to meet those subscribers’ needs. And most important, we want to respond to all of our customers who have told us they want seven-day home delivery — and value it enough to pay for it.”
Under the new program and Free Press and News will sell papers on those our days to independent carriers, “who will be able to set the price, time of delivery and other terms of service directly with readers.”
He said Detroit Media Partnership, the Gannett Co.-controlled agency which runs the business and production operations of both newspapers, intends to work with carriers to expand the service.