Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tucson Citizen on Life Support Until Friday

Tucson Newspapers Inc. has informed employees at the Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen that the sale or closure of the Arizona newspaper won't occur before next Friday.

The Associated Press reports that staffers received a letter Friday notifying them that an announced closure was postponed to allow time for discussions regarding a potential sale.

Gannett had confirmed on Tuesday that it was delaying its original March 21 closure date because of ongoing negotiations with two potential buyers. Gannett and Lee Enterprises Inc., which owns the morning Arizona Daily Star, co-own Tucson Newspapers Inc. under a joint operating agreement. Tucson Newspapers Inc. handles all non-editorial operations for both papers. The papers share costs and profits.

On the right of this web page, the 60 employees of the Citizen are still on the newspaper layoffs list and will remain their until a definitive announcement is made about the paper's future.

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