Oslo-based newspaper Dagsavisen and two other regional papers in its media group have become the latest to cut their weekly number of editions from six to three, in order to cut costs. They’ll all rely more heavily on their digital editions.
“We’ll distribute fewer newspapers and more news digitally,” Editor-in-Chief Eirik Hoff Lysholm wrote in a full-page commentary over the weekend. The paper editions of Demokraten in Fredrikstad and Rogalands Avis (RA) in Stavanger will now only be distributed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning next week. Dagsavisen in the Oslo area will also cut back as such, but not until later in the year.
The left-leaning Dagsavisen, founded as a paper for the Labour Party called Arbeiderbladet, ironically suffered major cuts in public press support in the current Labour Party-led government’s state budget. Much higher costs for both paper and distribution are also behind the decision, along with changes in readership habits. Newspapers favoured by older readers are all but shunned by younger readers who prefer to read their news online.