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The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily print newspaper, based in Baton Rouge. As of last week, it has a new owner.

Advocate Newspaper Changes Hands

May 2, 2013

Ownership of Baton Rouge’s newspaper, The Advocate, transferred on Wednesday from the Manship family, Baton Rouge natives, to John Georges, a New Orleans business mogul.

Along with taking over ownership of the paper, Georges is bringing on two top staffers from The Times-Picayune.

Last year, after The Picayune knocked back publication to three days a week, The Advocate began daily circulation in the New Orleans area.

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The Times-Picayune and have announced that the company will once again publish a physical paper seven days a week.

But it won’t be the full newspaper. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays readers will find a shorter, tabloid sized publication at newsstands — instead of the empty space they see now. It will not available for home delivery. WWNO’s Paul Maassen sat down with Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss to talk about the new product.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

One of the boldest, most controversial revolutions to occur in the New Orleans media landscape in 2012 was The Times-Picayune’s discontinuation of daily publication. Was the move to a three-day-a-week paper and focus on the news organization business model of the future?

Peter talks with David Francis, Business Manager of NOLA Media Group, and Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran T-P journalist and Director of State Content James O’Byrne.

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New Orleanians are waking up for the first time without their Monday edition of the Times-Picayune. It doesn’t exist anymore. Some readers shared their thoughts on cutbacks taking effect at the paper, and if they’ll give a new venture a chance.

The Advocate marked the launch of its daily New Orleans edition Monday, as the newspaper moves to fill in a pending void created by The Times-Picayune's decision to publish three days a week.

The Advocate reports it will distribute free copies of the edition across the city this week, then roll out home delivery and sales beginning Oct. 1. The goal is to distribute 10,000 copies across the greater New Orleans area, to 35 zip codes and 400 single copy locations. As of Friday, The Advocate's publisher, David Manship, said there are just over 2,000 subscribers in New Orleans.

The Advocate ( newspaper says it will expand into the New Orleans market with a specialized print edition.

Richard Manship, president and CEO of Capital City Press, says The Advocate is laying the groundwork to reach into the market following the announcement by The Times-Picayune that the newspaper will reduce publication to three days a week this fall while beefing up its online report.

Manship said The Advocate will add staff to supply this coverage of the area, but did not provide specific numbers.

What happens when a media company wants to take away your daily newspaper? In New Orleans, you take to the streets.

New Orleans news oganizations discuss The Times-Picayune's major reorganization.
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News of widespread layoffs at The Times-Picayune, the city’s only daily newspaper and a mainstay of morning routine for generations of New Orleanians, continued to reverberate through the city’s media establishment late Tuesday.

New Orleans news oganizations discuss The Times-Picayune's major reorganization.
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Layoffs began at The Times-Picayune today, as the newspaper shifts from a seven-day-a-week printed product to an online news organization.