AFP – The financially troubled Washington Times axed its sports section Wednesday, just days after announcing it will no longer publish a Sunday edition.
The conservative-leaning newspaper began laying off at least 40 percent of its 370 employees earlier this month and members of the sports department were among those who received pink slips on Wednesday.
The final edition of the sports section will appear on Friday.
“Times sports section is kaput,” read a message on the Twitter account of a Washington Times sports reporter. “Make sure to call and cancel subscriptions after Friday.”
The newspaper launched in 1982 by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church announced last week it would no longer publish a Sunday edition.
Along with deep staff cuts, the Times this month unveiled plans to be distributed for free to “targeted audiences in the branches of the federal government as well as at other key institutions.”
Home or office delivery would be available at a “premium price,” it said, while single-copy sales at newspaper boxes and retailers would continue.
US newspapers are grappling with declining print advertising revenue, falling circulation and the migration of readers to free news online, while several major US publishers have declared bankruptcy.
The daily circulation of the Washington Times is around 67,000, compared with 582,844 for The Washington Post.