TAMPA — The Tampa Tribune will end weekday home delivery in Pinellas County after this weekend, according to a flier distributed Thursday in the newspaper's Pinellas editions.
The flier said weekend or daily-Sunday subscriptions will change to Sunday-only delivery beginning this Sunday. It offers courtesy delivery of USA Today through May 22, and tells readers to "watch your mailbox for a special offer" to receive the national newspaper.
Readers also were told that through June 18 they can view the Tribune online for free with "Trib-Digital."
Tribune managing editor Richard "Duke" Maas said Tribune copies will still be sold in Pinellas County at stores and in news racks.
He called the stop in Pinellas delivery "a business decision, not a change in news coverage." Maas said the company has no plan to reduce news operations in Pinellas.
"This is not in any way related to our commitment to news in Pinellas County," Maas said. "We will continue, along with our news partners and (WFLA) Channel 8 in covering news and newsmakers that are important to our readers."
The Tribune had an average weekday circulation of 11,103 in Pinellas County last year, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations report.
It has an overall average weekday circulation of 195,277, down 11.4 percent from last year. Its Sunday circulation of 284,583 was an increase of 0.3 percent.
The St. Petersburg Times has an average weekday circulation of 283,094, down 10.42 percent from last year, and a Sunday circulation of 413,929. The Times' circulation in Pinellas is 166,579, according to the 2008 count. Its daily circulation in Hillsborough County is 41,135 (65,099 on Sundays).
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