Dayton Daily News Converts to Morning Only
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ The Dayton Daily News has announced that it will switch to morning-only publication on Sept. 26.
The newspaper has gradually been switching outlying areas from morning and afternoon delivery to morning only. As of Sept. 26, only morning editions will be available in all areas, Publisher Brad Tillson said Wednesday.
″This is the final step in what has been a lengthy conversion process,″ Tillson said. ″The shift in readership from afternoon to morning is a national trend.″
Tillson said many subscribers have shifted to morning delivery already.
Fewer than 60,000 subscribers take the afternoon edition, he said. The Daily News has a weekday circulation of about 185,000 and 232,000 on Sunday.
Tillson’s announcement said there would be some unspecified reduction in the newspaper’s workforce and an early retirement plan offered to some employees.
Dayton Newspapers Inc. has approximately 770 full-time and 440 part-time employees.
The announcement completes the merger of the Dayton Daily News and The Journal Herald, which began in 1981 when a single editor was named for both papers. The Journal Herald was the former morning newspaper.