Gannett to cease publication of Massachusetts weeklies

Gannett has announced that it will end print publication of at least 19 weeklies by the first week of May, with some being replaced by a regional substitute, while most will go digital.

The news was announced on each papers’ websites. The list of papers which will cease publication and go digital, include:

  • The Beacon – Acton, Boxborough
  • Billerica Minuteman – Billerica
  • Needham Times – Needham
  • Brookline Tab – Brookline
  • Burlington Union – Burlington
  • Eagle Independent – Littleton, Chelmsford, Westford
  • Bedford Minuteman – Bedford
  • Kingston Reporter – Kingston
  • Country Gazette – Plainville, Millis, Foxborough, Wrentham, Franklin, Medway, Norfolk, Bellingham
  • Transcript & Bulletin – Norwood, Dedham, Westwood
  • Wayland Town Crier – Wayland
  • Weston Town Crier – Weston
  • Sudbury Town Crier – Sudbury
  • Carver Reporter – Carver
  • Journal News Independent – Bridgewater, Raynham, Mansfield, Easton
  • Beacon Villager – Maynard, Stow
  • Waltham News Tribune – Waltham
  • Newton Tab – Newton
  • Watertown Tab – Watertown
  • Times Advocate – Sharon, Walpole

The papers that will merge are:

  • Scituate Mariner, Cohasset Mariner and Marshfield Mariner will become The Coastal Mariner
  • Arlington Advocate and The Winchester Star will become The Advocate & Star
  • Saugus Advertiser and Melrose Free Press Observer will become The Free Press & Advertiser
  • Medford Transcript and Somerville Journal will become The Transcript & Journal

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