Thursday, February 26, 2009


Two months shy of its 150th anniversary, the Colorado newspaper announces its own death:
Rich Boehne, chief executive officer of Rocky-owner Scripps, broke the news to the staff at noon (Thursday), ending nearly three months of speculation over the paper's future.

"People are in grief," Editor John Temple said at a news conference later.

Boehne told staffers that the Rocky was the victim of a terrible economy and an upheaval in the newspaper industry.

"Denver can't support two newspapers any longer," Boehne told staffers, some of whom cried at the news. "It's certainly not good news for you, and it's certainly not good news for Denver."

Reaction came from across the nation and around the block.

"The Rocky Mountain News has chronicled the storied, and at times tumultuous, history of Colorado for nearly 150 years. I am deeply saddened by this news, and my heart goes out to all the talented men and women at the Rocky," U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in a statement. "I am grateful for their hard work and dedication to not only their profession, but the people of Colorado as well."
The last issue of the paper is Friday.

Founded in 1859 by William Byers, the Rocky won four Pulitzers in the past decade.


Anonymous said...

This is why newspapers are failing: Gannett CEO Craig Dubow was paid $3.1 million for 2008 and awarded $875K in a bonus, despite a 79% stock plunge and huge layoffs for thousands and mandatory unpaid furloughs for everyone who's left.

Chain Gang BBQ said...

Anon, did you ever stop and consider that his bonus was in his employment contract? And perhaps the bonus wasn't tied to the performance of Gannett stock?

If contracts are suddenly worthless, what's next? The Constitution? The Bill of Rights?

That's the problem. Socialism and free markets don't mix.