The Montgomery Advertiser is ending its seven-day-a-week printing schedule, giving up its role as the largest paper in Alabama publishing every day of the week.
They're eliminating the Saturday newspaper, and that should make The Dothan Eagle the largest seven-day printed paper in Alabama. (The former largest papers...those in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile started printing only three days a week almost a decade ago, on 10-1-2012).
The Advertiser reports other Gannett-owned papers are also cutting back.
"The Montgomery Advertiser is part of the USA TODAY Network, and the change being announced today is also taking place at numerous other publications in the network, including the Tuscaloosa News and the Gadsden Times. Those papers will also move to a six-day-a-week print model with e-Editions produced seven days a week."
There is no mention in the announcement of refunds to subscribers who paid for seven-day service.
The change is a continuation of cuts at the paper that go back to the start of a digital wave that impacted all print media.
The staff list for the paper includes only two full-time photographers, and includes "Scott Watkins" among their sports reporters, though Gannett reported that a sports reporter by the same name joined the Gannett owned Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi in November. They also show Nick Alvarez as a prep sports and general assignment reporter, though he started working for AL.COM in October.
The Advertiser has been owned by the Gannett chain since 1995.
It started publishing...
"...in 1829 and was called The Planter's Gazette. It became the Montgomery Advertiser in 1833 and emerged as the leading newspaper of the new Confederate states by 1861. After the Civil War, Major William Wallace Screws, a Confederate veteran, became the editor and began to lead the publication toward editorial prominence in Alabama."