Five weekly newspapers previously owned by the Cecil Whig’s parent company, Chesapeake Publishing, have closed according to published reports. The papers, including the Oxford Tribune, were sold by the Elkton based corporation in 2001 to the Journal Register. The Solanco Sun serving an area northeast of Oxford had a strong history, its run going back 118 years. There is also the Parkersburg Post Ledger, formerly the Christiana Ledger, which was established more than 130 years ago. The other titles are the Coatesville Ledger and the Downingtown Ledger.
We are sorry to hear about the closure of these community voices, weeklies that once served their communities so completely and were eagerly looked for in homes each week. But with so many newspapers have pulling back on content, the outcomes are predictable as subscribers, finding less value in the publications, disappear and advertising revenue declines. When the times are tough, the strategy has to be to create more value, which for this industry is content.