Weekly newspaper Toledo Free Press to close after 10 year run
The Toledo Free Press, one of two alt-weekly newspapers for the home of the Mud Hens, is folding, the paper’s publisher announced today.
“We fought long and hard to make sure this day would never come, but it’s with a heavy heart that I must announce Toledo Free Press is closing,” Tom Pounds told readers.
The paper was started in 2005 when Pounds left the Toledo Blade and had a circulation of around 70K, much of it home delivered.
Pounds said “predatory ad pricing” from the Blade, and tough business conditions were to blame for the decision to close.
“Closing hurts, but even more painful would be to have never tried. This newspaper has been a dream. We have enjoyed offering area readers an alternate voice and relished the challenge of changing the status quo of news reporting in Toledo. By adding to the conversation, we did what we set out to do, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” Pounds said.