The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced Wednesday that it is buying new high-capacity printing press equipment and is exploring alternative locations for its production and news-gathering operations.
The company said it had not yet determined the location of its new equipment and whether the news and production operations are to be at the same location. The Post-Gazette is owned by Toledo, Ohio-based Block Communications Inc.
The company's new equipment will have the capacity for commercial printing, executives said. They said the new technology would deliver a better, more colorful product for readers and advertisers.
"With about 4 million unique readers every month, Pittsburgh's oldest and largest newspaper is poised for an exciting future," said John R. Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Post-Gazette.
"The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's commitment to Pittsburgh and my elation with this announcement have no bounds."
The new equipment and possible relocation mark a dramatic change for the 226-year-old news organization, and company executives said the transformation in its production would enhance editorial and business operations for readers and advertisers.
The announcement came as news organizations across the country have opted for new locations, especially as the news industry shifts toward a focus on digital content and delivery.
Post-Gazette company executives said they will need to undertake negotiations to make appropriate modifications to the company's labor contracts that will justify the investment the paper's owners are making in the new technology. Negotiations with the newsroom Guild and other building unions are just beginning, with initial discussions occurring earlier Wednesday.
The state-of-the-art, color printing equipment is expected to print five separate sections per weekday.
Erich Schwartzel: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1455. First Published March 28, 2013 4:00 AM