David Thompson, The Oklahoman’s
publisher, said the paper remains committed to covering news throughout the state, including in areas affected by the cutbacks of the print product, through a variety of digital products, some of which are newly developed.
Thompson cited rising costs for raw materials, particularly newsprint, as well as increased distribution expenses in recent months as reasons behind the decision to curtail some distribution.
Once implemented, the changes in The Oklahoman’s
distribution network will mark the end of an era, as it was one of the last daily newspapers in the United States to deliver its product throughout its home state.
About 7,000 households, most of them 100 miles or more from Oklahoma City, will be affected by the changes in daily home delivery.
In a handful of communities, including Tulsa, home delivery will be discontinued, but the daily paper will be available from news racks and in retail stores. Despite the cutbacks, the redrawn circulation area of The Oklahoman
still covers roughly two-thirds of the state.
The announcement to affected readers is being made this week in a letter from Pat Dennis, The Oklahoman’s
vice president of operations who oversees the newspaper’s distribution.