We got a letter today (Dec. 12) from The Oregonian announcing the paper will no longer be delivered to Eugene area homes, businesses and newsracks beginning Jan. 1. Sunday delivery will continue, but daily and Saturday delivery will cease. You can have the paper mailed but chances are it wonâ€™t arrive until much later, if not the next day. We havenâ€™t heard about Salem delivery. Read The Oregonian online at www.oregonlive.com
Oregonâ€™s largest daily has been losing subscribers for years. Back in 1999, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association listed its daily paid circulation at 431,000. In early 2008, ONPA reported a drop to 310,000, a difference of about 121,000. We suspect the numbers are even worse today. The Register-Guardâ€™s circulation during the same time frame dropped from 78,000 to 68,700, a loss of about 9,300 subscribers.
New ONPA circulation numbers should be out in early 2009. Expect some even more shocking numbers. Want to own a daily newspaper? A lot of them are for sale, but there aren't many buyers.