Banner to combine Sunday, Monday editions

From STAFF REPORTS
Posted 2/10/19

The Cleveland Daily Banner will begin publishing a combined Sunday/Monday print edition of the newspaper beginning March 3.At that point, Cleveland’s community newspaper will publish in print five …

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Banner to combine Sunday, Monday editions

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The Cleveland Daily Banner will begin publishing a combined Sunday/Monday print edition of the newspaper beginning March 3.

At that point, Cleveland’s community newspaper will publish in print five days a week: Sunday/Monday, and Tuesday through Friday.

Ralph Baldwin, Banner publisher, explained the rationale.

“The decision to combine our Sunday and Monday editions was driven primarily by sharp increases in newsprint costs over the past two years,” he said. “Our costs for newsprint rose 26 percent over the last 18 months, with seven increases.”

He added, “Over the last two years, newsprint costs have soared 38 percent with 10 increases. Newsprint is our second-biggest expense behind payroll in publishing the Banner.” 

Noting that Mondays have traditionally been one of the newspaper’s smaller publishing days, Baldwin pointed out, “We felt this was the right decision in lieu of having a significant rate increase for our subscribers.”

He stressed, “Readers will receive all of the features they’re accustomed to in the combined Sunday/Monday paper. Subscribers will have full access to our website, which will be updated with news and obituaries by 10 a.m. on Mondays.”

In addition, weekday single-copy sales will increase to 75 cents daily and $1.50 on Sundays, beginning March 1.

“We’ll continue to add new products for our readers and advertisers,” Baldwin said. “In 2018, we introduced our quarterly local lifestyles magazine, Bradley Essential. This year, we’re planning on having our first community event for seniors. We’re also planning improvements to our online and digital offerings.” 

Baldwin emphasized, “The Banner’s core focus continues to be covering and serving our local community with your local newspaper, the Cleveland Daily Banner.”

The Banner’s business and sales offices will be open as normal, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

This notice will be reprinted several times on the front page of the Banner over the next month in advance of the effective dates in March, in order to keep readers — and the community — fully updated.



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