Newton TAB newspaper to cut distribution: report

NEWTON, MA – It’s a familiar sight around Newton Thursday morning: the plastic bags with the local newspaper inside at the end of the aisles and on porches from near and far all over town. But that will change soon.

The Newton TAB, a local weekly newspaper which has covered local news in Newton since 1979 and which, for most of that time, distributed the newspaper free of charge to all residents who wanted it, and to some who did not. not done, is changing the way it does business, according to Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.

By August, the paper version of the TAB will no longer be delivered to almost every household in the city, she said.

“Sales manager Ron Bright told us this afternoon that they have yet to determine which villages or neighborhoods in Newton will get the TAB after the cuts are made,” Fuller said, calling the news ” sad, but not surprising “.

Fuller said he was told the newspaper would be delivered to only 40 to 50 percent of households, rather than almost everywhere. She said the newspaper plans to determine who will get the newspaper again next month.

The printed version of the TAB is free and has an online version, but which will be accessible by subscription for a fee.

The Newton TAB covers local news, sports, business, politics and community events.

The newspaper is published once a week on Wednesdays.

The Newton TAB was once part of Tab Communications Inc., also known as Tabloid Newspaper Publishers, based first in Newton and then in nearby Needham. Fidelity Investments bought the company in 1992. In 1996 it was merged with Community Newspaper Company, then the largest publisher of weekly newspapers in Massachusetts, then owned by GateHouse Media. In late 2019, the newspaper became part of Gannett Company when the owner of GateHouse Media bought Gannett, which owns USA Today, and merged it with GateHouse to become one of the nation’s largest media chains.

Gannett Media said the first quarter of 2021 was its best quarter yet for new digital subscriptions only, surpassing 1.2 million. As of March 31, the company said it had $ 163.5 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Patch contacted the TAB.

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