Scripps shuts down ‘Rocky Mountain News’

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Denver—The headline on today’s Rocky Mountain News reads, “Stop the presses.” It is the final edition of the newspaper, which was founded in 1859.

E.W. Scripps Co. announced Thursday that it is closing the newspaper after a sales process produced no buyer. “Today the Rocky Mountain News, long the leading voice in Denver, becomes a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges,” Rich Boehne, CEO of Scripps, said in a statement. Scripps said its losses in Denver in 2008 totaled $16 million. The company is now working on a plan to unwind its joint operating agreement with The Denver Post, which will continue to publish.

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