Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod Times

Infobox Newspaper
name = Cape Cod Times

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type = Daily newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1936
ceased publication =
price =
owners = Ottaway Community Newspapers, a division of News Corporation
publisher = Peter Meyer
editor = Paul Pronovost
language =
political =
circulation = 49,439 daily, 56,708 Sunday in 2006 [Audit Bureau of Circulation "eCirc" report for six months ending September 30, 2006, at [] , accessed January 6, 2007.]
headquarters = 319 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601 USA
ISSN = 0747-1467
website = []

The "Cape Cod Times" is a broadsheet daily newspaper serving Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States. It is owned by Ottaway Community Newspapers, a subsidiary of News Corporation.


The paper was first published by businessman J.P. Dunn and Basil Brewer on October 19, 1936 as the "Cape Cod Standard-Times", and was distributed jointly on the Cape with "The New Bedford Standard-Times" until the end of 1970. It was first published as an independent daily for Cape Cod on January 1, 1971 and renamed the "Cape Cod Times" from September 2, 1975." [ Our History] ", accessed January 7, 2007.]

The first issues were printed in a converted automobile dealer's garage on Elm Street in Hyannis, now a bus garage. Less than a year after the paper made its debut, plans were announced for the construction of our present building at 319 Main Street, which opend in early 1938.

As the newspapers entered the late 1960s, it became evident that the historic piggy-back distribution arrangement with the New Bedford paper had outlived its usefulness. Population and business activity on the Cape were growing at a rapid rate and research studies indicated that our readers and commercial supporters would support an independent daily newspaper for Cape Cod. In 1970, the decision was made to break away and the new daily "Cape Cod Standard-Times" was born.

The "Cape Cod Times" came into existence in 1975 to dispel the lingering impression that the Cape Cod Times was still an offshoot of the New Bedford paper. A front-page editorial that day proclaimed: "We adopted the new name because we want it clearly nown that we are and independent Cape Cod nespaper, printed and published on the Cape, by Cape Codders, for Cape Codders."

To accommodate the growth and expansion of the newspaper's employees and production equipment, the 319 Main Street building has been enlarged several times.

The "Times" also owns a 175-year-old rival weekly newspaper, "The Barnstable Patriot", which it purchased in 2005 for an undisclosed sum. Peter Meyer, the "Times"' president and publisher, said the newsrooms of the daily and 4,500-circulation weekly would remain separate. Ottaway, the "Times"' parent, also owns the weekly "Inquirer & Mirror" of Nantucket. [Fitzgerald, Jay. "Cape Cod Times Purchases Weekly Newspaper Rival," "Boston Herald", October 5, 2005.]

News Corp. acquired the "Times" when it bought Dow Jones & Company (which itself had purchased Ottaway in 1970) for US$5 billion in in late 2007. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp., reportedly told investors before the deal that he would be "selling the local newspapers fairly quickly" after the Dow Jones purchase."Ottaway Papers Might Be Sold, Including 16 in N.E.". [ "NEPA Bulletin" (Boston, Mass.), December 2007] , page 3.]

Today's Times

The newspaper is published every day except Christmas. It has a national reputation for journalism excellence in writing, photography and design. The "Cape Cod Times" has been named the "Newspaper of the Year" by the New England Press Association and Suburban Newspapers of America; the "Sunday Newspaper of the Year" by the New England Newspaper Association; and "Website of the Year" by the New England Press Association and New England Associated Press Executives Association.Inside each daily edition of the "Times" are separate sections for news, sports, business, and classified ads. Additional news sections include "Education" (Monday); "Business & Technology" (Tuesday); "Food" (Wednesday); "Health" (Thursday); "Lifestyle" and "CapeWeek" (Friday); "Arts & Entertainment" and "Movies & More" (Saturday); and, on Sunday, "Business & Finance," "Travel," "Cape & Islands" (local news), "Viewpoints" (opinion), "Home & Family," "TV Etc.," "The Wall Street Journal Sunday," "Real Estate" and "TVTimes" (television). [ [ Cape Cod Times Section Listing] , accessed January 7, 2007.]

Circulation and offices

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations report from September 2004, the "Times" sold an average of 50,896 copies on weekdays and 60,460 copies on Sunday. In 2006, ABC figures reflected a lower distribution of approximately 49,440 on weekdays, 49,820 on Saturdays and 56,710 on Sundays. The "Times"' main news office is on Main Street in Hyannis, the largest village of Barnstable, Massachusetts. It also has news bureaus and sales offices on the main streets of Falmouth and Orleans, Massachusetts. Circulation, business and printing operations, formerly handled at the headquarters office, are now in a convert|71000|sqft|m2|sing=on facility at Independence Park, Hyannis, built in 1988 and expanded in 1994.

Recent editors

* Bill Breisky (1978-1995)
* Cliff Schechtman (1995-2005)
* Paul Pronovost (2005-present)

Notable Employees

*David Churbuck, former writer, co-founder of

External links

* [ Cape Cod Times website]
* [ Times Cape Cod Baseball League home page]


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