Another newspaper dies

AP: The Rocky Mountain News will publish its last edition Friday. Owner E.W. Scripps Co. announced on the newspaper’s Web site Thursday that its search for a buyer for the paper was unsuccessful. “Today the Rocky Mountain News, long the leading voice in Denver, becomes a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges,” Scripps CEO Rich Boehne said. Scripps said the paper lost $16 million last year.

As newspapers across the country die, it has me thinking about the newspaper business in Alabama. One wonders how many newspapers in this state would cease publication if the government ended its welfare for newspapers known as legal advertisements? In this time of economic crisis, government shouldn’t waste money publishing useless announcements in newspapers when the same announcements could be published on the Internet for a fraction of the cost.

The rest of the Rocky Mountain News obit is embedded below.