Alaska Dispatch News moves printing to Mat-Su
The former Anchorage Daily News is no longer being printed in Anchorage, amid what its executive editor has called “the end of an era” for the paper as it restructures following its bankruptcy.
Staff at the Alaska Dispatch News announced Saturday night that its final edition had rolled off presses at the ADN’s old headquarters on Northway Drive. The ADN has stopped circulating on Saturdays and seen layoffs this year, as former publisher Alice Rogoff sold the paper to the Binkley Company for $1 million.
The paper will now be printed in the Mat-Su by Wick Communications, according to an ADN story Sunday. Subscribers shouldn’t notice any change in delivery times, as the ADN plans to open a new East Anchorage distribution center and retain its editorial and circulation offices in Midtown Anchorage.
The future of the ADN’s production became embroiled in its bankruptcy due to the terms under which Rogoff bought the paper for $34 million in 2014, when she sold its building to telecommunications firm GCI. That agreement included temporary leasing terms for the printing presses to briefly remain, but the presses overstayed that lease following delays in the construction of an Arctic Boulevard facility where Rogoff had hoped to print the paper.
GCI sued Rogoff and the ADN over the delays shortly before it declared bankruptcy, but later said it had come to temporary terms with the Binkley family following their purchase of the paper.
Executive editor David Hulen offered an emotional tribute to the ADN’s production employees in a series of Twitter messages Saturday evening.
A few of the employees who helped run the Northway Drive facility since 1986 will go to work for Wick, the ADN’s Sunday story said, and the press will be dismantled.
Editor’s note: GCI is the parent company of KTVA.