Gannett Co. has agreed to let the Columbus Dispatch print Gannett’s The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Kentucky Enquirer starting in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The new Enquirers will be printed in a more compact format by the Dispatch’s printing plant.
This means that Gannett subsidiary Enquirer Media’s Queensgate print production facility will close next fall, and 200 people will lose their jobs, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
“We regret the loss of local positions, and worked hard to retain these jobs within Ohio,” president and publisher of Enquirer Media Margaret Buchanan told the Enquirer. “Unfortunately, it was necessary to allow us to produce a better product more efficiently, and ultimately better serve the community.”
The smaller format and new presses at the Dispatch’s plant will reduce newsprint consumption by 33 percent and increase color output by 50 percent. That’s enough to ” offset the geographic impact of printing a product in Columbus that is delivered to subscribers in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” two hours away, the Enquirer wrote.