Cincinnati & Kentucky Post Newspapers Close After 126 Years; KYP To Remain As Online

The Cincinnati & Kentucky Post newspapers, part of E.W. Scripps (NYSE: SSP), printed their final print versions today, and will close after a 126-year run. The two afternoon newspapers suffered a combined circulation decline to 27,000 from a peak of 275,000 in 1961. Scripps decided in July to close The Post newspapers when a joint operating agreement with Gannett (NYSE: GCI) expired at the end of 2007.
Meanwhile, the Scripps company will keep a Kentucky presence with, reports AP. The site beginning Tuesday will supersede the current Post site and will share content with the Scripps-owned Cincinnati TV station WCPO-TV and its website. The site expects to be sustained by advertising, particularly ads targeted to what it calls “life in the 859,” the northern Kentucky telephone area code.