Daytona Beach News-Journal raises daily price of newspaper to 75 cents
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Daytona Beach News-Journal raised the price of its daily newspaper by a quarter, from .50 cents to .75 cents, effective today. An announcements was posted with sales racks throughout Southeast Volusia with this morning's delivery.
The announcement was addressed "attention customers" and stated: Effective Monday, November 24th, the Daytona Beach News-Journal daily edition price will increase to $.75. This increase does not include the Sunday edition."
There was no mention of the price increase in the Sunday or Monday newspaper editions.
The News-Journal was put up for sale earlier this year after losing a series of appeals of a $129 million civil verdict in federal court to its minority partner, Cox Enterprises of Atlanta over the worth of its stocks. Cox wanted out because the Daytona Beach newspaper spent $13 million in naming rights for the News-Journal Center, a $29 million lively arts facility on Beach Street. The News-Journal is owned by the Davidson family, which built the News-Journal Center, with the help of public funds to house its Seaside Music Theater operations.
An outside receiver, James Hopson, was brought in at Cox's request through the court at a daily salary of $2,000 plus expenses to prepare it for ownership change. The News-Journal is responsible for Hopson's salary and compensation. Among the cost cutting:
# The News-Journal closed its New Smyrna Beach-Canal Street bureau in June, ceasing publication of its regional supplement, The Daily Journal. The News-Journal also closed its bureaus in DeLand, Deltona and Bunnell and let go of 99 employees.
# Near summer's end, the paper cut 41 more jobs and the following day announced 23 others, including positions at its Pennysaver operations. News-Journal Corp. announced its workforce was down to 587.
Cox wanted Hopson retained by the court to have direct oversight over all of the News-Journal's fiscal matters after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for a second time earlier this year denied the News-Journal's challenge of the $129 million judgment in Cox's favor.
Circuit Judge Robert Antoon said the News-Journal "willfully violated" his court order not to provide funding for any of the Davidson family's pet cultural projects after litigation commenced, including $780,000 for the Seaside Music Theater.
SMT fell more than $130,000 in rent to the News-Journal Center and the Seaside operation has since folded. The center was acquired this fall by Daytona State College for less than $5 million.
About the Blogger
Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper in Lake Mary serving Central Florida via HeadlineSurfer.com. Florida's first around-the-clock newspaper was launched April 7, 2008, in New Smyrna Beach, initially as NSBNews.net and VolusiaNews.net. Headline Surfer is a registered trademark of NSB News LLC. Frederick was the top winner in the 2012 Florida Press Club contest: 1st place for Blog Writing & 3rd place each for General News Writing, Public Safety Reporting & Best Online Presence (with social media). He's received 18 major journalism awards as a breaking news, investigative reporter & city editor for daily newspapers in Florida, Massachusetts, New York & Connecticut since the mid-1980s.
View his blog archives here