Star Tribune files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy
The Star Tribune filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Thursday night, according to their Web site . The Star Tribune is the 10th largest Sunday newspaper and 15th largest daily in the country based on circulation.
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In its filing, the newspaper listed assets of $493.2 million and liabilities of $661.1 million. The company said it hopes to use bankruptcy to restructure its debt and lower its labor costs.
Like most newspapers, the Star Tribune has experienced a sharp decline in print advertising. Its earnings before interest, taxes and debt payments was about $26 million in 2008, down from about $59 million in 2007 and about $115 million in 2004.
In a statement, Star Tribune publisher Chris Harte said, "We intend to use the Chapter 11 process to make this great Twin Cities institution stronger, leaner and more efficient so that it is better positioned for the future."
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