The Daily News is about to become a newspaper without a newsroom.
Tribune Publishing, which has owned the 101-year-old tabloid since 2017, confirmed on Wednesday that it will shutter the paper’s newsroom in downtown Manhattan permanently later this year and has no plans to return.
But the company insisted it will keep a print edition of the paper alive, noting that its reporters and editors have been working remotely since the pandemic started in March. They will be given until Oct. 30 to collect their belongings from the office.
“Out of an abundance of caution we do not anticipate having employees that can work remotely coming back into the office for the remainder of the year and into 2021,” a Tribune spokesman said. “With no clear path forward in terms of returning to work, and as the company evaluates its real estate needs in light of health and economic conditions brought about by the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close the office.”
The spokesman added that “today’s announcement relates only to the closure of the physical office at 4 New York Plaza. We are not ending print editions.”
The company also said it is shutting down its offices for the Capitol Gazette in Annapolis, Md.; the Carol County Times; and the Florida office that houses the Orlando Sentinel.