March 14, 2009
Several changes are planned for the print edition of The Commercial Dispatch this week, including a new size and format.
Starting with Wednesday''s edition, the paper will become narrower, a change that has been made at many other papers nationwide, and one readers find easier to handle. The width of the page with go from 12 1/2 inches to 11 inches.
"While most these changes were precipitated by economic pressures, we think in most cases they represent improvements our readers will appreciate," said Dispatch Publisher Birney Imes.
In addition to the new size, readers also will discover new, easier-to-read type, and streamlined, dynamic design touches.
The paper''s last major redesign was in May 1999.
The new size will mean a reduced amount of space on each page, which will lead to the elimination of some comics. Comics being eliminated from daily editions include "Haagar the Horrible," "Shoe," "Pooch Cafe," "F-Minus," "The Rubes" and "Bizarro." The Sunday comics lineup will remain the same.
Also, today''s TV Guide will be the last edition of that feature. Starting next week, TV listings will run inside the paper each day on a new TV page.
"While we know the TV Guide has been near and dear to some readers, it was expensive to produce and has not been popular with advertisers," said Imes. "We hope the daily listings will prove to be a good alternative."
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