The Gazette newspapers of Maryland, weekly newspapers that cover the D.C. suburbs, will shut down Aug. 11, according to a letter from Post Community Media LLC, reports Capital Gazette.
Closure of the Prince George’s, Montgomery and Frederick Gazettes will eliminate 69 jobs, including 12 reporters and nine editors. The group, owned by the same company that owns The Washington Post, provided notices to its employees Friday, according to the letter.
Company officials did not respond to a request for comment.
The first edition of Gaithersburg Gazette rolled almost 60 years ago and, as of 2011, its circulation in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties was about 550,000, according to a history of the paper published by The Gazette.
Gazette newspapers are not part of Capital Gazette Communications, which is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group and Tribune Publishing. Capital Gazette Communications produces The Capital and the Maryland Gazette in Anne Arundel County and the Bowie Blade-News in Prince George’s County.