Pitch parent pulls plug on Nashville City Paper

Nashville’s alt-weekly, the Nashville City Paper, is ending publication. The 13-year-old paper is owned by SouthComm, which owns the Pitch.

Chris Ferrell, CEO of SouthComm, made the announcement to employees this morning.

“In the last few days, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing The City Paper,” he said. “After years of being subsidized by our investors and other Southcomm publications, we finally determined that there was not enough advertiser support for the free newsweekly model we were trying to sustain. The model proved very popular with readers, but in publishing the revenue doesn’t necessarily follow the readership.”

Ferrell said that the tough climate for advertising dollars made having multiple news properties extremely difficult, particularly a general interest publication like The City Paper. A portion of the staff will be laid off while others will be redeployed to other SouthComm publications.

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