Folks may have noticed a few more blue newspaper boxes sitting on street corners than normal across Birmingham, AL. This box for The Tuscaloosa News recently made its debut on the northeast corner of 20th Street and 2nd Avenue North and was spotted yesterday morning.
There are approximately 100 boxes in the area right now including a few like this one that have recently made their debut. Starting soon, there will be another way to get the newspaper – delivered daily – on your doorstep.
A phone conversation with the News’ circulation manager, Tony Heaps, confirms that the paper has started accepting requests for home delivery, with plans to begin on Monday, October 22. Deliveries will be handled by the vendor currently delivering The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today to homes here in town. It will also cost a little more to get it on your doorstep than it does in Tuscaloosa – $4.50/week compared to $3.90/week – in order to cover the costs associated with delivery.
The expanded delivery area into Alabama’s largest city also includes expanded coverage of it inside as well. Much of that content is available on the paper’s website after you’ve created an account.
The expanded circulation is a response to the reduced print schedule adopted by The Birmingham News at the beginning of October.
The paper was owned by The New York Times until last December when it was included in a sale of 16 publications to Halifax Media Holdings.