This is unfortunate news for readers of the popular free weekly publication that was operated by SouthComm, Inc.
“In the last few days, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing The City Paper,” SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell posted in a statement on the paper’s website. “After years of being subsidized by our investors and other Southcomm publications, we finally determined that there was not enough advertiser support for the free newsweekly model we were trying to sustain. The model proved very popular with readers, but in publishing the revenue doesn’t necessarily follow the readership.”
The smaller paper unfortunately could not attract the advertising revenue that larger news organizations can.
The City Paper began as a free daily newspaper in 2000. In 2008, the City Paper moved to a weekly format when purchased by SouthComm, who also owns the Nashville Scene, the Nashville Post and Nfocus Nashville.