After years of speculation, tipsters say the Coloradoan plans to shift printing 50 miles south to Denver, where the Denver Newspaper Agency JOA now has more capacity, after the death of the Rocky Mountain News less than two weeks ago. Between 40 and 50 Fort Collins jobs are at stake in the press shuttering.
"It's basically I-25 all the way,'' a reader told me, after I asked about the return trip to Fort Collins, especially in winter. "No mountains to cross, and The Denver Post and News go (or went, in the Rocky's case) to quite a few households up here. It's likely they'd also turn to the DNA (Denver Newspaper Agency) to deliver the paper instead of the current local carriers."
Employees were to be told last night and today, when the paper is expected to make a public announcement, my reader says. Fort Collins would be at least the eighth Gannett production facility to close in the past five months alone.
The Coloradoan has 200 to 250 employees overall. Publisher Kim Roegner has been in the job since June; she had been display advertising manager at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. Other key facts:
- Executive Editor: Bob Moore
- Founded: 1873
- Joined Gannett: 1977
- Employees: about 250
Gannett Denver connections
CEO Harry Whipple ran the Denver Newspaper Agency from May 2006 until last Wednesday; he had previously run a JOA in Salt Lake City. From 1992 to 2003, Whipple was publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Plus, Gannett partner MediaNews Group owns the Denver Post.
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