The Huntsville Times is part of a new statewide media group, and it is also reducing the number of paper delivery days starting this fall.
The newspapers will be home-delivered and sold in stores only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Sources at The Times say the papers will be more robust, with larger sections and more content, especially the forum.
The Alabama Media Group will publish The Huntsville Times, and says it is making these changes to reshape how it delivers local news in an increasingly competitive digital age.
The group, which also includes The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile and al.com, will launch this fall to serve readers and advertisers across the state, according to Cindy Martin, who will become president of the new organization.
"We're excited to bring together the quality journalism of The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile and The Huntsville Times and the up-to-the minute immediacy of al.com," Martin said. "This is obviously a dramatic change, but we believe our award-winning journalism, top-notch advertising services and the largest website in Alabama position us to be a healthy, growing company.”
The change in organizational structures will also likely lead to job cuts. The Huntsville Times has already had at least two rounds of buyouts for employees in recent years.
"There are always painful choices when you begin a process that will lead to people losing their jobs,” Martin said. “But at the same time, we must position ourselves to be sustainable businesses going forward."
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