This is the first day in more than a century that three of Alabama's largest cities do not have a daily newspaper. There is no paper being published today by the Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, amd the Press-Register in Mobile. It announced four months ago they they would go to a three-day-a-week publishing schedule "in the fall", because of declining readership and revenue. More than a hundred journalists and several hundred other workers lost their jobs. The company's news effort is moving mostly online at al.com, their combined website. The print editions will be published on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Another of the company's papers, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, is also following the new publishing schedule.
The changes in Alabama make the Montgomery Advertiser the largest daily paper in the state. they have not announced any changes, but have suggested they may institute a pay system for access to their online content.
The papers are owned by the same company, Advance Publications.