Sunday, December 27, 2009

As part of a general revamping of The Washington Times’ news operations, the Sunday newspaper edition will cease publication with the current Dec. 27 paper. A redesigned, refocused Monday-to-Friday local print edition of the paper will debut on Monday, Jan. 4, accompanied by the popular e-edition, which is an exact replica of the print edition.

The company’s Internet news site at will continue to provide seven-day-a-week comprehensive coverage of breaking news events.

“As with other news organizations in the United States, we are reshaping operations to keep pace with the dynamically changing economics and technology of the news business,” Washington Times President and Publisher Jonathan Slevin said in a statement.

Mr. Slevin said the company will continue to expand distribution of its news products through electronic media, the company’s Web site, the local print edition, the popular Internet e-edition of the newspaper and the long-standing National Weekly print publication subscribed to nationally and locally.

The Washington Times will also continue its radio news programming with “America’s Morning News,” now carried in more than 70 markets in partnership with Talk Radio Network, and other broadcast programs, including the three-hour “Jeff Kuhner Show,” heard locally Monday through Friday at noon on WTNT 570-AM.

Before the recent restructuring, the newspaper was published and distributed six days a week, along with a Saturday e-edition. The Saturday and Sunday e-editions of the newspaper will stop publishing in the new year.

Officials at The Washington Times announced plans last week for a new weekday newspaper more tightly focused on coverage of national political news, national security and foreign policy, domestic and international economics, cultural coverage and investigative and enterprise reporting.

The weekday print edition will be distributed free to targeted locations and will be available at retail outlets and newspaper boxes throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area at a price of $1.00.

The changes come at a time of upheaval and change for many of the nation’s biggest media companies and news conglomerates, as traditional newspapers and media outlets adjust to the challenges of a poor economy and competition from the Internet.

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