By the edhat staff
The Santa Barbara News-Press has issued letters to their subscribers stating they will stop delivering papers directly to their doors.
An edhat reader forwarded a copy of the statment that said this change will begin on Monday, October 24 and is due to labor shortages, higher gas prices, and “other current economic challenges that have necessitated this change.”
Edhat has received reports in recent months from subscribers stating their daily morning paper deliveries have not consistent.
The News-Press will still continue to print its paper which will be available for purchase on news-stands and local businesses. Coupons will also be mailed to subscribers who can redeem papers at select locations.
The flier states subscribers can still opt to have their papers delivered every day, except Sundays, through the U.S. Postal Service, although it does not state whether this will incur an additional cost or delay in delivery.
The paper’s website, newspress.com, will continue to operate and offer subscriptions to readers who can receive a differential credit to access all online articles.
“We know that changes are not easy and we appreciate your understanding and support of the Santa Barbara News-Press,” the paper stated in its flier.
No further information is avaialbe on the News-Press website or social media pages.
The Santa Barbara News-Press began printing as a weekly paper, The Santa Barbara Post in 1868 and after an acquisition in 1932 and a merger was renamed the News-Press. The respected paper won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1962 under the tutelage of T.M. Storke. The paper was sold in 1964 before being sold again to The New York Times in 1984.
The paper’s current owner, Wendy P. McCaw, purchased the paper in 2000, and in 2006, controversy swirled the once notable publication as editors and writers resigned with claims of McCaw interferring in the newsroom.
More reporters and staffers were fired, or resigned, leading to numerous lawsuits and an all-out boycott of the paper by Santa Barbara residents.
The most recent news is from 2020 when former News-Press journalists, Melinda Burns and Dawn Hobbs, penned an opinion piece on McCaw’s “abuse of power.” They reported an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board ordered McCaw to pay $2 million to the employee union and nearly 50 newsroom employees, in restitution for labor law violations going back a dozen years.