“City Pages” GONE After 41 Years
Chalk up another one for the COVID-19 pandemic. Star tribune Co. announced yesterday that City Pages, a weekly arts and entertainment publication in the Twin Cities, is calling it quits after 41 years.
Since the publication relied mostly on ad revenue from restaurants, clubs, museums, theaters and a variety of other entertainment venues, it is no longer able to operate due to the negative affect of the COVID-19 on these types of businesses.
“Since City Pages revenue is 100% driven by advertisers and events—and those investments have dropped precipitously—there’s no reasonable financial scenario that would enable us to continue operations in the face of this pandemic,” Star Tribune Chief Revenue Office Paul Kasbohm said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we foresee no meaningful recovery of these sectors or their advertising investments in the near future, leaving us no other options than to close City Pages.”
According to a news release, City Pages will cease publishing it's printed version, as well as it's online version immediately. The last printed edition will be out this week and then it's done for good.
Unfortunately, this means all positions are eliminated at the publication.
Starting out as Sweet Potato, a monthly publication, in 1079 and later changing it's name to City Pages in 1981 and became a weekly publication. The Star Tribune Media Co. acquired the publication in 2015.