Hearst Corporation announced today that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I) will become the nation's largest daily newspaper to shift to an entirely digital news product. The announcement was made by Frank A. Bennack, Jr., vice chairman and chief executive officer, Hearst Corporation, and Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers. The final print issue of the newspaper will appear tomorrow.
"The P-I has a rich 146-year history of service to the people of the Northwest, which makes the decision to stop publishing the newspaper an extraordinarily difficult one," Bennack said. "We extend our profound gratitude and admiration to our P-I colleagues who have done such an exemplary job under extremely difficult circumstances over the past several years. Our goal now is to turn seattlepi.com into the leading news and information portal in the region."
"Seattlepi.com isn't a newspaper online—it's an effort to craft a new type of digital business with a robust, community news and information Web site at its core," said Swartz. It won't be staffed the same—editorial will have 20 staffers, down from 150-plus—and it won't be framed the same.