Rich Boehne, chief executive officer of Rocky-owner Scripps, broke the news to the staff at noon today, ending nearly three months of speculation over the paper's future.
"People are in grief," Editor John Temple said at a news conference later.
Boehne told staffers that the Rocky was the victim of a terrible economy and an upheaval in the newspaper industry.
"Denver can't support two newspapers any longer," Boehne told staffers, some of whom cried at the news. "It's certainly not good news for you, and it's certainly not good news for Denver."
What can we say? There is nothing good about this. Yes, the method of how we get our news is inevitably shifting; but it's still chilling to see these venerable institutions fold. The implications for a media monopoly and the potential demise of professional journalism as we know it are disheartening to ponder.
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