June 2, 2008
The Press-Enterprise Broadens Its Commitment to Local News
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (June 2, 2008) - As a result of a three-month series of interviews with readers and subscribers, The Press-Enterprise will publish two local sections -- Local and Local Plus beginning June 3, 2008. Two local sections offer more of what matters to local residents as the multimedia company continues to provide the best coverage of the news its readers cannot get anywhere else.
The Local section will feature the significant news and events of the day, zoned to target a specific geographic area. As one of the last sections to hit the presses, it will contain the late-breaking news of the day. This section also will showcase other zone-specific information, such as community news and activities, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, editorials and legal advertising.
The Local Plus section was the result of a reorganization and reprioritization of existing content driven by readers' overwhelming desire for more local news. Local Plus will replace the Your Life section in The Press-Enterprise to accommodate the increased prominence of local news. The use of wire stories has been scaled back in exchange for more content from local sources, and some of the most popular features from Your Life will be moved to the new Local Plus section.
Along with these new improvements, The Press-Enterprise will be adjusting its deadlines and pressruns to ensure its readers the earliest home delivery of any newspaper in Southern California: 5 a.m. on weekdays, and 6:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
"The current economy -- combined with the acceptance of new media and changes in how people get their news -- compelled us to carefully evaluate our product offering," says Ron Redfern, publisher and chief executive officer of The Press-Enterprise. "The price of newsprint has increased more than 25 percent and, like other newspapers across the country, The Press-Enterprise can no longer afford to simply add more pages when we want to add more news. To maintain and expand our local coverage, what readers value most, we must be more responsive to the economy and our readers and more selective about our content.
Maria DeVarenne, editor of The Press-Enterprise, said: "We have designed a more relevant, more useful newspaper for our readers and the communities we serve. While the Your Life section is going away, its most popular content will be relocated in the Local Plus section. As a result of the content reorganization, we have increased the prominence of our local news offering. These improvements allow us to present more local news across a wider range of geography, interest and life circumstances. This is the news our readers have told us they value most."
About the Press-Enterprise Company
The Press-Enterprise Company, a Riverside-based subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation, is a multimedia company serving Inland Southern California. The company publishes news and information in print and online via The Press-Enterprise, the region's largest daily newspaper with 164,189 Monday through Friday circulation and 172,730 Sunday circulation; PE.com, the region's largest local online Web site; and, more than 30 micro-local community-based Web sites. Other print and online products include: The Business Press, a weekly business journal; La Prensa and El D, weekly Spanish-language newspapers serving the region's diverse Hispanic community; and the advertising publications PE.cars, PE.homes, PE.WOW, PE.jobs and Savings Express.
About A. H. Belo Corporation
A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a distinguished news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and 12 associated Web sites. A. H. Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, Texas' leading newspaper and winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986; The Providence Journal, the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the U.S. and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.), serving southern California's Inland Empire region and winner of one Pulitzer Prize; and the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Company publishes various specialty publications targeting niche audiences, young adults and the fast-growing Hispanic market. A. H. Belo also owns direct mail and commercial printing businesses. Additional information is available at www.ahbelo.com or by contacting Maribel Correa, director/Investor Relations, at 214-977-2702.