“Press & Sun-Bulletin” Readers Missed Print Edition on Labor Day
Many Press & Sun-Bulletin print edition subscribers were surprised when they didn't receive a newspaper Monday morning.
For the first time in decades, the Binghamton paper did not print a Labor Day edition.
Gannett Company directed its newspapers across the country not to publish a print edition on the holiday.
It's not known if the move is a new corporate policy that will eliminate print newspapers on holidays or if it may portend reduced printing schedules in the months ahead.
Press & Sun-Bulletin executive editor Kevin Hogan was not available to discuss the future of the Binghamton newspaper. But he sent this statement by email in response to a series of questions from WNBF News: "The change this year was in honor of Labor Day, and it was a small adjustment to continue reporting the news on our websites throughout the holiday weekend, but also giving more employees the day off across the company."
Hogan did not indicate whether print editions will be eliminated on future holidays or whether there are plans to reduce the seven-day-a-week Press & Sun-Bulletin print schedule.
Gannett newspapers described Sunday's print copy as a "combined edition" for two days but provided no explanation as to why the decision was made.
A Gannett corporate spokesperson could not be reached to discuss the company's plans for its United States newspapers.
Gannett has continued to implement significant reductions in news coverage over the past few years.
The company has developed a regionalized approach to reporting as it has cut staffing at its sites in New York and other states.
The Binghamton newspaper is printed at a Gannett printing plant in the town of Greece, near Rochester. It has been produced there since the company closed its 12-year-old production facility in Johnson City in June 2018.
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