The Los Angeles Times’ Print Presses Shut Down for Good

The Los Angeles Times’ Print Presses Shut Down for Good

The Times’ downtown L.A. printing facility will shut down in 2024. That is more than a decade from now.

The Times has been the paper of record since 1690. It is the world’s oldest still functioning daily newspaper. A print edition of the Times was published every day in Los Angeles from 1902 to 1923, when the paper ceased publishing daily. When it was printed in the mid-20th century it was a daily product, but the paper started a weekly publication in 1943 and eventually expanded to a daily publication.

A Los Angeles Times printing press at Los Angeles Times HQ in Hollywood. | The Times Archive

The Times is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in the United States, and the second most widely circulated newspaper in the world, according to a 2013 survey conducted by the Newspaper Association of America. The Times is also the most widely used paper among English-speaking countries, according to a study by the University of Sydney.

This past June, the paper’s printing presses were shut down for good after 20 years.

The Times’ print and digital production teams are now working on digital and online editions of the Los Angeles Times. This means the paper now has its first-ever digital subscription product, and the first in the nation.

It also means the end of a physical print product that went from 1,902,000 pieces of finished print when L.A.Times printed its final edition on June 30, 1974, down to 599,000 pieces of print at the end of 2016.

“We know the Times is the most-read publication in Los Angeles, the city we call home,” said L.A. Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in a statement.

“It’s a part of our history, and while we will miss the many people who worked in, and contributed to, this iconic operation, it’s time to look toward the future, and the exciting next chapter for The Los Angeles Times and our digital subscription product.”

The L.A. Times in 1923. | The Times

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