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The Idaho Statesman will end the delivery of its paper on Saturdays.

“Starting February 1 we will launch a new weekend package with expanded newspapers on Fridays and Sundays and access to the Saturday edition exclusively online,” publisher Rusty Dodge wrote in an email to subscribers. “While we will no longer produce a printed newspaper on Saturday, we will continue to publish the strong independent local journalism you expect from the Idaho Statesman online seven days a week.”

The Statesman’s corporate owner, McClatchy Co., has been cutting print editions at papers it owns across the country, including two papers in California.

The letter to subscribers said it would not decrease the subscription rate for subscribers who get the paper every day of the week, despite eliminating a printed edition. It will still provide an online “e-edition” of the paper. It says it will also provide additional features in the Friday and Sunday papers.

The Statesman is also looking to sell its long-standing building on Curtis Rd. in Boise.

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McClatchy, like much of the newspaper industry, continues to struggle as consumption of news increasingly moves to digital sources. The company has moved aggressively to beef up digital products and advertising options, but in the most recent quarter, it reported a loss of $175 million.

The Statesman started publishing seven days a week 131 years ago when it expanded from a three-times-per-week paper to daily in 1888.

Leading competitor Idaho Press also prints six days a week. It does not produce a printed paper on Monday.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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