Hundreds show up for ‘Save the Picayune’ rally

-- from the front page of today's Times-Picayune

The Times-Picayune isn’t likely to change its plan to cut publication days, even with the strong show of support from locals, says the paper’s new publisher.

Ricky Matthews, who steps into the job later this year, says:

If all we do is cut just so that we can remain seven days a week, and we don’t recalibrate our cost structure so that we can have a company that can grow and sustain over the long haul, then a year or two down the road as revenues for us decline we will not have positioned this company in a sustainable way. And literally, the future of The Times-Picayune would be threatened.

What publisher Matthews said in January: “From a revenue point of view, I don’t see print soon being overcome by digital. …Print will continue to be a big player, as will digital.”

* Rally in support of Times-Picayune draws hundreds ( || Video from the rally
* Save the Times-Picayune movement takes off (
* One skirmish illustrated the tension among the ranks (