Zionsville, Lebanon newspapers merging; Anderson paper reducing operations

Three Indiana newspapers have announced they will reduce their operations amid declining revenue and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic conditions.

The Lebanon Reporter will take over the Zionsville Times-Sentinel’s operations, Publisher Beverly Joyce wrote this week. The combined newspaper’s weekly print schedule will be reduced from five to three editions starting May 12.

Meanwhile, The Herald-Bulletin in Anderson will reduce its daily print editions to five papers a week starting June 1, eliminating Tuesday and Sunday publication, Joyce said.

All three newspapers are owned by Alabama-based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

“Advertising revenue is down significantly, adding to what had already been tough headwinds facing the newspaper industry,” Joyce wrote. “As a result, we have made some tough decisions to restructure to ensure we can continue as your reliable and primary source for local news.”

Joyce did not respond to requests for comment Thursday morning.

According to its website, the Zionsville Times-Sentinel was founded in 1860 and is the oldest continuously-operating business in Boone County. The paper put out its final edition Monday, and the Lebanon Reporter will assume its operations next week.

The Herald-Bulletin was established in 1868 and has covered Anderson and the Madison County region for 152 years. The Lebanon Reporter, founded in 1891, covers Lebanon and the Boone County region.

In 2019, the Retirement Systems of Alabama pension group acquired Community Newspaper Holdings. At the time, the nationwide media group claimed ownership of 68 daily newspapers and more than 40 non-dailies plus websites in 22 states.

Though the company’s website still lists 13 newspapers across Indiana, those properties have not been updated to reflect the Hendricks County Flyer’s closure last May.

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