At the beginning of the new year, Gleaner and Star readers will be introduced to sleeker, more reader-friendly printed newspapers.
In keeping with international trends and customer feedback, The Gleaner's width will be reduced by 2.4 centimetres while The Star's length will also be cut by the same measurement. These are changes aimed at enhanced manoeuvrability and portability.
Managing Director of The Gleaner Company Christopher Barnes said the changes are in keeping with what is happening globally and it is something that The Gleaner team has been contemplating for a while.
"We just had to ensure that both reader and advertiser interests were covered in deciding on the final format,"said Barnes.
Several major newspapers in the United States of America, Canada, and elsewhere around the world have reduced the width of their papers in recent times to enhance reader experience and cut down on newsprint expenses.
"We are now in good company with The New York Times, Miami Herald, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and other globally recognised newspapers," Barnes said. "There is no more wriggling in tight spaces to enjoy our products."
Gilbert Callaghan, print and maintenance manager, said the changes would not affect the print quality of the paper.
This is not the first time The Gleaner has changed the layout of the paper in keeping with changing times, the last one being in 1994.