The Citizen will be published on a day-to-day basis while negotiations on a possible sale continue with the two buyers, the Tucson paper is now reporting. It's unclear whether the bidders would seek to operate the afternoon paper as a web-only news site; Gannett has reportedly required that any buyer run the Citizen as a print paper.
The Citizen is in a joint-operating agreement, shared 50/50 with partner Lee Enterprises. The agency handles circulation and other business functions for the Citizen and Lee's morning Arizona Daily Star. There are two competing newsrooms; the Citizen employs fewer than 80 Gannett employees. When it put the paper on the auction block, Gannett said it would keep its stake in the JOA, and its share of the profits.