Hearst, Owner of the Chronicle, Is Killing Off One Of Its Other Big Papers

Hearst, the media company that owns the Houston Chronicle, announced this afternoon it was all but killing one of its other large papers, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Hearst officials said they would look for a buyer for the paper, but if -- as expected -- no one comes forth, they would consider options such as "creating an all-digital operation with a greatly reduced staff, or closing its operations entirely," according the Seattle Times. Hearst has owned the paper for 87 years.

"In no case will Hearst continue to publish the P-I in print form," a Hearst exec told the P-I newsroom. (By the way, if you click the link above, you'll see the story quotes P-I columnist Joel Connelly; he's no relation to me.)

Our sister paper's coverage of the situation is here.

Seattle, of course, was one of the few two-paper towns left in America, which is not the case here in Houston.

But shutting down a paper is a major move, albeit one that might become more common than a lot of people hope.

Let's keep our fingers crossed Hearst doesn't get a taste for it.

-- Richard Connelly

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