Hearst moves ‘Seattle P-I’ to online only

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New York—Hearst Corp. announced Monday that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will abandon print and become an entirely digital news product. The newspaper’s final print issue was published today.

Hearst announced Jan. 9 that the newspaper was for sale, but no buyers were found. The newspaper was founded in 1863 as the Seattle Gazette.

“Our goal now is to turn into the leading news and information portal in the region,” Frank A. Bennack Jr., Hearst vice chairman-CEO, said in a statement.

Hearst said it doesn’t plan to shift the print newspaper online. “ isn’t a newspaper online—it’s an effort to craft a new type of digital business with a robust, community news and information Web site at its core,” Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers, said in a statement.

In addition to news coverage from reporters, the site will include more than 150 reader blogs and digital Yellow Pages.

—Sean Callahan

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