Link (Virginian-Pilot) shuts down next month

Free youth-oriented daily Link by paid paper the Virginian-Pilot (Hampton Roads, Virginia) will be shut down at the end of the year.

The plan is part of the cost cutting plan by the publisher that involves lowering staff size by 125 people (10% of total). The paid paper will have fewer pages and lose the business section.

Link started in October 2006, had received positive reviews and met financial projections, which predicted it would turn profitable by 2010, according to editor Denis Finley in an article in The PilotOnline, but

“we, as a company, cannot afford to withstand those losses in the next couple of years in this climate.”

Link had a circulation of around 30,000.

3 Responses to “Link (Virginian-Pilot) shuts down next month”

  1. Newspaper Innovation » Blog Archive » Last Link December 19 Says:

    [...] Free daily Link, published in Hampton Roads (Virginia) by paid paper The Virginian-Pilot, will publish its last issue on December 19 (see also previous posting). [...]

  2. Scott L. Says:

    very sad…I loved reading the Link daily…

  3. Newspaper Innovation » Blog Archive » Last Link Says:

    [...] Due to the economic recession the publisher made Link one of the cost cutting areas in November (see previous post). [...]