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tbt* is returning to its roots — one day a week

Dear readers,

Back in 2004, tbt* launched in the Tampa Bay area as a free, weekly entertainment and general interest newspaper. We became a daily newspaper delivered to offices and newsstands in 2006.

And wow, it's been fun. The tbt* staff prides itself in more than 12 years of fast news you can use Monday through Friday. And we love how our readers have embraced a different kind of newspaper.

Now, tariffs placed on Canadian newsprint have caused our paper costs to skyrocket — you can read a message about this from Paul Tash, the CEO and chairman of Times Publishing Co., at

One of the fallouts of that tariff burden is that in June, tbt* will become a weekly newspaper again.

We'll publish each Thursday with everything you need to know to plan your weekend and into the next week. The (still free) weekly tbt* will have interesting new content, like an expanded focus on LGBTQ issues and a sports planner and commentary. We also plan to send out a daily email for our devoted news junkies — you can sign up now at

For now, the daily tbt* will be with you until June 1. We'll update you on our exciting plans for the weekly tbt* as that date draws closer.

Thank you, readers.

­Contact Ellen E. Clarke at