TFP offering expanded TV listingsWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning this week, Toledo Free Press is offering its readers a new and expanded TV listings guide. The expanded listings will now include a weekday grid and more complete Saturday and Sunday listings.
“For more than four years, we have offered the only free TV listings in the market, and that feature remains one of the more popular with our readers,” said Thomas F. Pounds, president and publisher of Toledo Free Press.
The Blade announced that as of early January, it would run “abbreviated” TV listings and require readers seeking full listings to subscribe to On TV Magazine. A full-year subscription to The Blade and a six-month subscription to On TV Magazine cost $186.92.
A Jan. 3 article posted at www.toledoblade.com stated, “Starting next Sunday, The Blade’s TV listings will undergo a significant change. The listings in the daily and Sunday editions will be abbreviated and contain fewer channels …”
Toledo Free Press listings are procured from Tribune Media Services in Chicago. Information on 20 channels is listed, including local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS affiliates.
The free, expanded listings are also available as a downloadable pdf each week at www.toledofreepress.com.
“In this troubled economy, Toledo businesses need to provide more services and give people more reasons to patronize a product,” Pounds said. “Offering our readers free, expanded listings is one way we plan to do that this year. Readers and advertisers appreciate every gesture toward their bottom line and we respect that.”
The listings will normally appear in the newspaper’s Arts&Life section, but Pounds said the debut merited a special announcement.
“The listings are wrapped around this week’s issue in a special print jacket as a high-profile way to alert readers to our new service,” he said.
Toledo Free Press, Lucas County’s largest Sunday-circulation newspaper, publishes more than 110,000 copies each week, mostly delivered to single-family homes. The publication is also distributed through 400 single-copy rack locations. The publication was named the best weekly newspaper in Ohio in its circulation class by the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists awards.