Just shy of its 150th anniversary, the Rocky Mountain News will publish its final edition on Friday. This, after owner E.W. Scripps failed to find a buyer.
From the newspaper today:
“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, chief executive officer of Scripps, said in a prepared statement. “The Rocky is one of America’s very best examples of what local news organizations need to be in the future. Unfortunately, the partnership’s business model is locked in the past.”
The closure of the Rocky will mean Denver will have just one major newspaper, like the vast majority of American cities today.
Scripps said it will now offer for sale the masthead, archives and Web site of the Rocky, separate from its interest in the newspaper agency.
In Denver, the Post still stands. It had co-existed with the News under a joint operating agreement.
Denver Post: Rocky Mountain News to end