By paulgillin | July 10, 2009 - 8:02 am - Posted in Facebook

EagleTimesThe 175-year-old Claremont, N.H. Eagle Times publishes its last issue today after filing for bankruptcy. Publisher Harvey Hill informed the 100-plus staffers only yesterday of the shutdown of the near-daily (the morning paper doesn’t publish on Saturday) as well as three companion weekly and advertiser papers serving surrounding areas. Employees get their last paycheck next week and health insurance through the end of the month.

The Eagle Times website (circ. about 8,000)  has no news of the impending closure. New England Cable News does, however. It has the video clip below, including interviews with staffers choking back tears but otherwise showing little outrage. One man mourns the fact that the immediacy of the move gave the staff no chance to say goodbye to readers. The publisher filed for Chapter 7  bankruptcy, which mandates immediate closure of the business. (via Martin Langeveld)



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