NPG Newspapers closes Kansas City Sun Tribune

–from K.C. Business Journal, Feb. 24

Difficult times for the local newspaper business continue, with St. Joseph-based NPG Newspapers Inc. suspending publication of its Sun Tribune on Wednesday.
The Sun Tribune, which reports a weekly circulation of 26,000, covered parts of Clay and Platte counties, mostly in North Kansas City, Gladstone, Parkville and Kansas City, North.
Lee Sawyer, the general manager for NPG’s newspaper division, said more than 10 employees were let go.
NPG, which publishes the St. Joseph News-Press, still will operate nearby newspaper properties in Liberty, Smithville and Kearney.
“It really does give us an opportunity to focus on Liberty, Smithville and Kearney,” Sawyer said. “Those are strong, long-term community publications that we have a lot of faith in.”
The Sun Tribune, which started printing in 1915, was known as the Dispatch-Tribune when NPG bought it in 2004 amid an aggressive string of acquisitions in the Kansas City area.
NPG bought the Sun Tribune, along with the Liberty Tribune, the Raytown Tribune, The Wednesday and other newspapers in the Kansas City area from Townsend Communications Inc. in 2004, then in 2005 bought Sun Publications Inc. in Johnson County.
Sawyer said there is a chance the Sun Tribune could resume publication, though there is no specific plan to do so at this point.
NPG said the same thing when it closed down the Raytown Tribune in August 2008. It has not resumed publication.

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One Comment on “NPG Newspapers closes Kansas City Sun Tribune”

  1. Ken S. Says:

    The Sun Tribune was an outstanding newspaper. It is sorely missed! I have saved all of the issues of the last year of publication, up until the last issue of February 25, 2010. Can somebody please resurrect the Sun Tribune?


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