Tucson Citizen to cease print publication

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TUCSON -- Arizona's oldest continuously published daily newspaper, the , will publish its final print edition Saturday but will continue operating online.

A Gannett Co. official told the newspaper's staff Friday that the paper will continue with a Web site edition providing commentary and opinion but no news coverage.

In January, Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the country, announced plans to close the Citizen if it didn't find a buyer for certain assets by March 21.

Only four days before the original planned closing, however, Gannett, which acquired the paper in the 70s, announced that the shutdown would be delayed because negotiations were continuing with two interested buyers.

Those talks ultimately proved unsuccessful. The newspaper had about 65 employees remaining as of Friday.

The newspaper was founded as the Arizona Citizen in 1870, later becoming the Tucson Daily Citizen and then the Tucson Citizen.

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