Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Pink Paper newspaper closes

The only national gay newspaper is victim of recession

London - 24 June 2009

"The loss of the Pink Paper is a big blow to the lesbian and gay community," said gay human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell.

""We have lost a major source of news and information. It was an invaluable forum for debate and helped us coordinate campaigns against homophobia.

"Although the online version will remain, it is no substitute for the fortnightly paper, which reached many people who are either not online or who enjoyed the portability of the printed version.

"Without the Pink Paper, the lesbian and gay community is likely to become more fragmented and isolated, with people in one part of the country being much less aware about what is happening in other parts of the country," said Mr Tatchell.

News statement by Tris Reid-Smith, Editor of the Pink Paper

Pink Paper is being forced to suspend printing its newspaper after this week's issue, due to the economic downturn.

Instead the Pink Paper will continue online at PinkPaper.com and through its weekly newsletter, Pink Paper Xtra, delivered straight into your email inbox.

The publishers hope to start printing the newspaper again when the economy recovers and the advertising market improves.

As a free newspaper, Pink Paper relies almost entirely on advertising income. This time last year it was a very successful business but since then organisations have slashed their spend on print advertising, meaning the paper has been unable to cover its costs.

Read on:

http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=1077

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