Gannett signs letter of intent with Columbus Dispatch to print Cincinnati Enquirer, Kentucky Enquirer in new, more compact format; change expected Q4 2012

Lorena Madrigal

Lorena Madrigal

Aug 17, 2011 – Business Wire

MCLEAN, Virginia , August 17, 2011 (press release) – Gannett Co., Inc. today announced that it has signed a letter of intent with The Columbus Dispatch for the possible printing of The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Kentucky Enquirer in a new, more compact, easy-to-use format. The change would begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"We are committed to serving the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities -- and providing consumers with the best news and information anywhere, anytime. We are also committed to listening to our customers and responding to their ever changing needs. As a result of research we've done and the feedback we've received from readers and advertisers, we have signed a letter of intent with The Columbus Dispatch to print The Enquirer in a new compact format that would be brighter, more engaging and easier to read," said Margaret Buchanan, president and publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

"While covering the same amount of news as the previous format, this new approach would enhance the user experience by allowing for a fuller use of color and photographs and improved readability. By better serving our readers, we would continue to provide advertisers a trusted environment with which to engage their consumers."

Dimensions of the newly formatted Enquirer would be 10 1/2 inches by 14 1/2 inches and all of the current content in The Enquirer would remain in the redesigned newspaper, if the agreement is finalized. In addition, The Enquirer's production facility would close fourth quarter, 2012.

In related news, Pressline Services, Inc. and The Columbus Dispatch have signed a letter of intent for a project to produce a new compact format for the Dispatch newspapers based on a new press system called 3V(R) developed by Pressline Services.

About Gannett

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