‘Star-News’ Printing Moves to ‘Fayetteville Observer’ Monday

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By: E&P Staff

The Star-News, Wilmington, N.C., will begin printing Monday at The Fayetteville Observer, about 90 miles to the northwest.

The 46,031-circulation Star-News, part of the New York Times Regional Media Group, reported the change will mean the loss of 24 full- and 13 part-time pressroom and mailroom positions. Full-time workers losing their jobs will receive severance for up to six months.

“Our goal is no delivery impact whatsoever,” Publisher Bob Gruber told his paper earlier this spring.

Besides any savings, Gruber said the Star-News would obtain better print quality and more color availability from the Observer’s newer equipment, which also will support a redesign with more consistent organization of content.

In addition to the 60,369-circulation Observer, Fayetteville Publishing Co. has a commercial printing operation utilizing its 10-year-old KBA Colora color towers.

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