New English-language daily to start in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just a bit over a month after the San Juan Star ceased publication, a new English-language paper is about to start up with $1 million from the government:

A group of journalists in Puerto Rico said Tuesday they are ready to launch the island's first cooperative-style newspaper this week with a $1 million boost from the government.

The new English-language tabloid would replace the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Juan Star, a nearly 50-year-old daily that closed two months ago amid declining revenues and disputes between the publisher and union over layoffs and benefit cuts.

Roughly 15,000 copies of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun will be printed on Wednesday and about 2,000 subscribers have already signed up, editor Rafael Matos told a news conference in the U.S. island's capital, San Juan.


Puerto Rico currently has three major Spanish-language newspapers and several smaller ones. It also has a weekly business newspaper in English.


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