Friday, September 16, 2016

The Citizen to cease publication Sept. 30

 LACONIA — The Citizen will cease publishing on Sept. 30, ending a storied 90 years of serving readers and advertisers in and around Belknap County.
The decision to close the newspaper comes amid growing financial pressure on the newspaper industry, particularly in smaller markets being served by multiple publications.

"We have tried for several months to sell the paper, but unfortunately we were unable to find a buyer, said Sample News Group CEO George Sample.  "We have enjoyed our six years serving the Lakes Region, and we're proud of the efforts our team has made in producing a very good hometown newspaper."
During that time, The Citizen became the number one source for online news, Sample said. But the advertising needed to sustain that effort, and the high cost of printing and distributing the newspaper simply hasn't followed.
While the daily newspaper and website will cease operations, weekly distribution of preprinted major retailer coupons will continue without interruption through the U.S. Post Office.
"We will focus our energy on our other New Hampshire newspapers which include The Eagle Times of Claremont, The Argus-Champion, Weekly Flea and Message For the Week — all part of Eagle Printing and Publishing Co.
The company will assist Laconia employees in their career transitions.
Additional details about The Citizen and it's closing will be forthcoming in the newspaper's farewell issue planned for Sept. 30.

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