NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans’ daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune, will switch to publishing three days a week starting in the fall and plans to increase its focus on online news.

The 175-year-old paper announced Thursday the formation of a new company - NOLA Media Group - which includes The Times-Picayune and its NOLA.com website affiliate.

In addition, three major Alabama daily newspapers will switch to publishing three days a week as part of a new focus on online news, in line with the Times-Picayune, their sister publication.

The three papers in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville and The Times-Picayune announced the new strategy Thursday. All four are owned by the Newhouse family group.

Both announcements said there will be unspecified staff reductions. The changes will take place in the fall.

The Alabama papers said the changes will allow them to expand news-gathering efforts in an increasingly digital age.

The newspapers will be home-delivered and sold in stores on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The announcement said there will be unspecified staff reductions.

Times-Picayune publisher Ricky Mathews, who will be president of NOLA Media Group, said the changes were necessitated by upheaval in the newspaper industry.

Mathews said the newspaper will be home-delivered and sold in stores on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

A second new company, Advance Central Services, will print and deliver the newspaper.

Mathews said Jim Amoss, currently editor of The Times-Picayune, will oversee the content of NOLA Media Group.

On www.nola.com:

http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2012/05/nolamediagroup.html

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