Advance Publications president Donald E. Newhouse has responded to the letter signed by Wynton Marsalis, Archie Manning, James Carville and other New Orleans notables, asking the 22 members of the Newhouse family to sell the Times-Picayune. (“It is painful to report that right now it is nearly impossible to find a kind word in these parts about your family or your plan to take away our daily newspaper,” the letter says.)
“We have read the letter with great respect and concern,” says Newhouse. “Advance Publications has no intention of selling The Times-Picayune.”
Editor Jim Amoss adds:
We understand our community’s powerful attachment to our newspaper and the high standards to which our readers will hold us. Reducing our print frequency is a difficult change, but it will not compromise the quality of our journalism. In print and online, we will provide the best and most comprehensive news report to a community that both prizes its traditions and is moving into an era of innovation and entrepreneurship.