Detroit Papers add Mail Delivery on No-Delivery Days

CHICAGO Subscribers who want delivery of the printed Detroit Free Press or Detroit News on the four days a week they will no longer be delivered will have the option of same-day delivery by mail, the Detroit Media Partnership announced Monday.

Delivery by the U.S. Postal Service will be available starting March 30, the day home delivery stops for all days except Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, according to an article in the Detroit News by Jim Lynch.

After the halt of seven-day home delivery — announced last month in the most drastic action yet taken by metro dailies to weather the industry downturn — the papers will print a single-section product available for retail and newsbox sale on the four no-delivery days. Home-delivery subscribers will get an electronic edition of their paper.

Both papers announced plans to provide bulk delivery for single-copy sales on the no-delivery days to nursing homes and other institutions with residents unable to get to a newsrack or store.

“When we made the announcement last December about frequency and distribution changes, we immediately heard from a significant number of people who were concerned about seniors, house-bound residents and others who, regardless of delivery time, want their Free Press or News delivered every day,” said Dave Hunke, CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership and publisher of the Detroit Free Press.

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