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Berkshire Eagle To Cut Two Days Of Print Edition

The Berkshire Eagle Building in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire Eagle Building in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

In October, The Berkshire Eagle will eliminate its Monday and Sunday hard copy papers. 

On Mondays, it will offer a new online version. The Sunday paper will be folded into a weekend edition delivered on Saturday.

Kevin Moran, the executive editor for New England Newspapers, which owns the Eagle, said the move towards more digital and less print was accelerated by the pandemic.

"COVID-19 really put a chilling effect on some of our advertising revenue," Moran said. "But on the second hand, ever since the middle of March, we’ve seen a really big increase in our digital-only subscriptions." 

Moran said no layoffs are planned as a result of the changes. He said staff were required to take two unpaid weeks in the spring and summer.

Two other papers owned by the parent company, the Bennington Banner and Brattleboro Reformer, will also move to a five-day schedule for print editions. 

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