Margaret Buchanan, Enquirer Media’s president and publisher, said on Friday that the Enquirer will launch its new print edition in the first quarter of 2013.
The new edition had been scheduled for this fall; however, unexpected mechanical issues at Dispatch Printing in Columbus, where the new Enquirer will be printed, prompted the delay, Buchanan said.
“It’s a new technology, so there was the possibility that mechanically there would be issues,” Buchanan said on Friday. “As they have been bringing up the new technology, they’ve run into some issues, and they need to work through those issues. That has, as a result, delayed our launch.”
The new format is 10 1/2 inches wide by 14 2/3 tall, is easier to manage for readers, will feature the same amount of news content, more color, and still have traditional sections. It will feature in-depth coverage of topics readers have said they’re passionate about, and more investigative stories. The paper also is revamping news and entertainment coverage.
Buchanan said she’s disappointed about delaying the launch, but added that “we are extremely excited about this new print edition and what it will provide our readers.”
The Dispatch, which also is going to the new format, announced earlier this week that it will delay its launch, which had been scheduled for Sept. 10.
The Enquirer will continue to be published at its Queensgate facility until the new print edition launches. The Enquirer chose Dispatch Printing to produce the new format because its equipment is newer and more flexible than presses at the Queensgate facility.
The Enquirer is still moving to a content subscription model starting Oct. 1. Every subscription will include full access to Cincinnati.com, the e-Newspaper, tablet and mobile sites and smartphone applications, as well as home delivery if the customer chooses that option.
Non-subscribers will have access to 20 articles a month online.
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