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January 19, 2023

Hearst-owned Register Citizen to shift from daily to weekly newspaper

Contributed Mike DeLuca is the group publisher and president of Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group-owned Torrington Register Citizen will discontinue printing a daily newspaper and begin publishing a weekly print publication beginning March 12, the paper told its readers Thursday.

The note states the paper is committed to publishing a quality weekly newspaper as readers’ preferences evolve.

“As reader preference continues to shift to online and industry headwinds create challenges for carrier delivery, we will be changing the frequency of The Register Citizen print edition to help navigate these changes,” the reader note says.

In a Wednesday memo to staff, Publisher Mike DeLuca wrote there was “no immediate plan to reduce frequency in any of our other papers.” He also said there would be no change in staffing.

Hearst owns eight daily newspapers, 13 weeklies and Connecticut Magazine in the Nutmeg State.

In his memo, DeLuca wrote that The Register Citizen had only a few hundred subscribers and that “creating one robust edition each week coupled with the e-edition and digital access to all of our content will allow us to be more efficient and invest more dollars into deepening and furthering our content.”

“While we are always sensitive to the message we are sending the communities we serve we are also making this move for what we believe is the right reasons for our readers and for our company,” DeLuca said.

In the note to readers, the paper said the online e-edition, the digital replica of the print version, will also be available with new content once a week.

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