Feb 28, 2006

Detroit News To Cease Sunday Edition In May


(Detroit, MI) The Detroit News, a mainstay in the Motor City for over 130 years, will no longer publish a Sunday paper effective May 6. The final edition of the Sunday News will hit the stands on April 30.

The News, which formed a 100-year joint-operating agreement in 1989 with rival Detroit Free Press, debuted in 1873. In 1919 the News purchased the Detroit Tribune, bought out the Detroit Journal in 1922, and it bought out and closed the Detroit Times. The Evening News Association, parent company of the News, merged with Gannett International in 1985.

"We believe there are great things in store for Detroit readers," said Paul Anger, vice president and editor of the Free Press. "Readers will receive huge doses of local news plus all the things that the Free Press is known for, like watchdog journalism and great photography, and we'll provide some nice surprises, too."

The Free Press and the News will continue to publish separate Saturday editions.

I grew up in Detroit, and delivered the News for a couple of years. This was in the distant past, when 12-year old kids pedaled the papers on bicycles. The Sunday edition was a real chore, because carriers had to put the paper together and stick in all the advertising inserts.

The canvas delivery bags must have weighed 40-50 pounds each, and I recall the difficulty in maneuvering a "paper bike" when fully loaded.

So long, Sunday News. It has been a fantastic run, and you will be missed.


Stephanie said...

"This was in the distant past, when 12-year old kids pedaled the papers on bicycles."

How is this in the distant past? I have the same memories (except you have to add the scary forest for me, and change the name of the paper) and I'm 26. Distant past!?!

historymike said...

Stephanie remembers those days!

Yes, I was aiming for irony on that point. This traditional "kid work" has been farmed out to adults in cars these days (at least in the last few cities in which I have lived).

It's a good part-time job for someone who doesn't mind wear and tear on their car, and/or getting up at 4 AM 365 days a year.

Kathy said...

I won't miss the "fair and balanced" editorials from the Sunday News. Six days a week is all I can take!

historymike said...

Yes, Kathy, the News did have the reputation as Detroit's "conservative" paper versus the Freep's "liberal" tag.

Still, the paper hits a nostalgic nerve for me, as my parents used to get the Freep in the morning and the News in the afternoon. I used to wait around as a kid for the News to get to the house so I could do the puzzles and read the sports and comics.

FYI - Conservative columnist/radio host/TV pundit Tony Snow was once with the Detroit News.

Stephanie said...

It's farmed out to adults around here for the regular news paper. The kids deliver the free papers and get paid for that, so it works.