Effective Aug. 1
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2016) — The Lexington Herald-Leader announced today it was putting its downtown Lexington building up for sale and will print its newspaper in Louisville, beginning Aug. 1. The Herald-Leader said the change will affect 25 full-time workers and 4 part-time positions. The newspaper has a daily circulation of 75,833 and a Sunday circulation of 97,458, as of 2013.
Rufus Friday, Herald-Leader President and Publisher, said, in a statement posted on the newspaper’s website:
“As our digital audience continues to grow rapidly, we have made an important yet difficult decision to move our press and packaging operations to Gannett Publishing Services in Louisville. We remain absolutely committed to providing a high quality print edition to our readers, while also focusing on serving our increasingly growing digital audience.”
“When changes in trends and customer needs affect employees, it’s extremely difficult, and we recognize the significance of this decision,” he said. “With this change in our building needs, we have also decided to look at disposing of our packaging facility on Fortune Drive and our current office and production facility on Midland Avenue, while exploring new space in downtown Lexington that better meets the needs of a 21st century media company.”