Those still buying the Mobile Press-Register on Wednesdays and Fridays will notice the price has increased by 50 cents this week, moving it from $1.50 to $2.00 per copy — a 33 percent increase.
The increase was announced to vendors who sell the paper in their stores at the beginning of September, according to a letter shared with Lagniappe.
“Effective October 2, 2019, the retail single copy cover price of The Mobile Press-Register will increase from $1.50 to $2.00 daily. Beginning with the October 2, 2019 paper, the new price will be published on the front page of the newspaper. The Sunday retail prices will not be changing during this increase,” the letter read.
Attempts to contact the Press-Register and its parent company, Alabama Media Group, were unsuccessful prior to deadline.
The increase comes at a time the once-daily paper’s circulation has continued to spiral downward each year according to its annual ownership statement, which is required to be published annually as the holder of a publications class postal permit. The vast majority of the paper’s content is now produced either in Birmingham or is wire copy from other news outlets, which again begs the question of why AMG would push through such a large price increase that will almost certainly drive down circulation.
Like most newspaper groups, Advance Media, which owns the Press-Register, is known to be looking towards a pay wall for its many statewide websites, so one guess is that perhaps al.com will become a paid site sooner rather than later and raising the price on the physical paper is just meant to drive people to the web.
Call News on the block?
Various sites marketing businesses for sale bore ads last week that suggested the Citronelle Call News is on the block.
An ad on bizbuysell.com last week described a Mobile County-based company with two weekly newspapers, a free shopper and a legals website. Only the Call News fits that description. The ad said the seller is asking $750,000 for it.
I inquired about the sale last Wednesday night and the ad was taken down the following morning. However, more or less the same ad is still up at Grimes, McGovern & Associates’ website almost a week later, minus pinpointing the operation as being based in Mobile County. Grimes, McGovern operate as brokers for media company sales.
Rumors the paper was for sale have circulated for a few months.
GM leaving WPMI
Bobby Totsch, who has served as general manager for WPMI/WJTC in Mobile and market manager for WEAR/WFGX in Pensacola for the past six years has accepted a new position in Des Moines, Iowa with WHO-TV.
Totsch will be joining Nexstar Media Group, Inc. as a vice president and general manager overseeing both the television station and associated digital and media operations in the Des Moines area.
No announcements have been made yet regarding Totsch’s replacement at WPMI.
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