As the owners of the New Orleans Times-Picayune plan to reduce the daily printed newspaper to a three-times-per-week offering, some of the most prominent citizens of the Crescent City are suggesting an alternative: sell.
“If you have ever valued the friendship you have shared with our city and your loyal readers, we ask that you sell the Times-Picayune,” the letter from The Times-Picayune Citizens’ Group states, according to, well, the Times-Picayune.
Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning has joined the effort.
“I don’t think I’m any different than the majority of citizens of New Orleans,” Manning said. “I’ve been here for 41 years, and the daily paper is a part of my life, and if there’s any chance to continue to have it seven days a week, I would like to help.”
The request was immediately rejected.
As a result, printed papers will be generated in New Orleans only on Wednesday, Fridays, and Sunday, with the rest of the information made available on the Times-Picayune website.
Previously, the group urged the owners to simply rescind their plans.
“If there’s somebody in this community who likes this idea they have, I haven’t met them yet,” said James Carville, another prominent New Orleans resident who has joined the effort.
The solution seems obvious. With so many rich and/or powerful people aligned to save the daily newspaper industry in New Orleans, they should pool their riches and/or power and launch a competitor that prints (drum roll, please) a daily newspaper.
If, of course, a potential group of investors for a daily newspaper that would compete with the Times-Picayune runs the numbers and realizes that the realities of the modern marketplace don’t support the concept of a seven-days-per-week paper in New Orleans, at least they’ll come to better understand why the owners of the Times-Picayune are doing what they’re doing.