Dateline- Fairless Hills Gannet Media, owners of Bucks County’s two newspapers, the Courier-Times and the Intelligencer, will be shutting down printing operations in Bucks County and moving them to New Jersey, eliminating local jobs to save costs it was announced last week in a Courier article.
The move is scheduled to take place in March, with the last editions printed at the company’s Fairless Hills installation March 30. Beginning in April, the newspapers will be printed at the Gannett-owned Courier-Post in Cherry Hills, N.J.
“As our industry evolves, we have to adapt in ways that allow us to focus on the high-quality local journalism our readers expect from us,” General Manager Brad Bailey said in an article posted in the Courier-Times. “Taking advantage of nearby production capabilities within our company will allow us to devote the resources necessary to remain the most trusted source of local news in three different markets.”
The papers’ editorial and advertising staffs continue to be based in Bucks County, the publication said. The article said the new printing location would not impact daily delivery of the papers, but reporter deadlines will now be earlier. Gatehouse officials did not say how many Bucks County employees will be laid off because of the the move.
“We can’t make a decision like this without deep concern for our affected coworkers,” Bailey said. “We have counted on them for a long time to help us get the news printed and on your doorstep, and those efforts are greatly appreciated. We are committed to working with them through this difficult transition.”