By: Lucia Moses
It was a cruel November not only for all those Thanksgiving Day turkeys but also for two newspapers. The free tabloid Berkeley (Calif.) Daily Planet succumbed after three years due to poor advertising support, while the alternative Casco Bay Weekly in Portland, Maine, folded after 14 years.
The Daily Planet, owned by Bigfoot Media Inc., was one of several microdailies whose ad-supported model has worked in Palo Alto, Calif., as well as in Colorado and New Hampshire.
Casco Bay Weekly Publisher Lael Morgan, who said potential buyers have called, blamed her paper’s demise on the economy and a competitor launched in 1999 by the publisher of the Boston Phoenix. “We haven’t had a national ad since they arrived. … It’s been tough times for alternative weeklies everywhere that do not have economies of scale. The Phoenix didn’t help.”