Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Leader-Telegram has announced it will stop publishing weekend papers, instead, only printing Monday through Friday.
The subscription costs will remain the same. However, officials said the amount of content will not decrease with fewer copies, and instead will just be condensed into five papers instead of seven.
The paper's publisher said multiple factors went into this decision; the main one is the pandemic.
"Newspapers across the country have been reducing publication days as the readership moves more toward the digital side," said Randy Rickman, the publisher for The Leader-Telegram,. "We really tried to hold on to seven days as long as we could but the pandemic really changed that. With the drop in advertising revenue and the slow comeback, we're projecting that 80 to 90 percent of the revenue is going to return. If that's the case, we just can't do seven days."
While Rickman said it's expected that some subscriptions will be lost, he noted he is personally working with subscribers to find a plan that works for them.
The change will go into effect Aug 15.