First Issue of New Albany Times Union Newspaper Debuts
ALBANY, NY—March 19, 2013—Hearst Corp. announced today that the first issue of the redesigned and enhanced Albany Times Union rolled off the newly installed Commander CL offset press this morning at the newspaper’s production facility in Colonie, NY. Today’s Times Union showcases a dramatically improved print quality, with enhanced photo and advertisement reproduction. Readers will also see content enhancements, such as an expanded full-color weather package, daily TV listings and colorful comics seven days a week.
“This is a major investment in the future of newspapers, which we believe will continue to serve the American public as far into the future as the eye can see,” said Hearst Corp. CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. “To be sure, delivery on new digital platforms will be a part of that future, but so too will the high-quality print versions many readers prefer. Just as we invest in apps, Websites and new digital businesses, we must evolve our core print product in order to give readers and advertisers the highest-quality experience across all platforms.”
Times Union Publisher and CEO George R. Hearst III also added that at a time of great change in the media industry—when other newspapers are reducing production days or closing entirely—he is proud to be able to provide readers and advertisers with one of the best quality newspapers in the country. “With this new press and redesign, we’re re-affirming the Times Union’s commitment to the Capital Region, a legacy that stretches back to 1856.”
A new standalone Perspective section will be published every day with featured local columnists and opinion pieces from the community. The paper’s popular health section, Thrive, moves to Wednesdays—making room for a new automotive section on Saturdays. Also new to the Saturday edition: the Solutions section, designed to help readers become savvier consumers, while also saving money. There will also be an expanded weekend business section, as well as enhanced education and health coverage.