TIMES-NEWS TO REDUCE SERVICE

In a notice to its readers from Cumberland Times-News  publisher Robert Forcey announced that beginning Monday, the paper will discontinue its Tuesday and Sunday newspapers. Publication and delivery will continue on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with Saturday serving as a weekend edition.  The cutback was attributed to the loss of advertising revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which “has added to what already had been economic challenges throughout the newspaper industry.” The coronavirus crisis, according to the notice, has had a particularly difficult impact on the Times-News, because the majority of revenue comes from advertising by local businesses, which are also suffering from having to close their doors. Several other factors led to the decision. Readership changes, newsprint and ink prices, print production expenses and delivery costs have caused newspapers around the country publishing fewer days of the week to remain economically healthy in the future.