- October 25, 2011
Message from “Kurier Wileński’s editorial office
Dear Readers. As we have already informed you, the Polish Senate and the “Pomoc Polakom na Wschodzie” (Help for the Poles in the East) foundation have made significant cuts to the “Kurier Wileński’s” budget.
Due to this decision, the daily’s capital will be depleted by the end of the year and we will be forced to shut it down.
The editorial office of “Kurier Wileński” has used all the internal reserves and money-saving possibilities, including job and pay cuts and resignation from color in the magazine edition.
Therefore, we are unable to make further reductions in expenses in order to keep the current form of the newspaper.
The publishers are, at the moment, also unable to pay the additional costs in order to continueissuing the daily.
The only way for the Polish daily in Lithuania to survive is to take a drastic step – reduction of the amount of issues during the week from five to three.
From the upcoming week, the newspaper will be published on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
As painful as it is, it will allow further cuts and reductions in the office.
In order to somehow compensate the readers for discontinuation of publishing those two issues the number of pages in the Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s issues will be raised to 24 and 32 (plus a TV supplement ) in the magazine edition of “Kurier Wileński”.
We are also forced to increase the price of the Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s magazine edition issues to 1.50 and 2.50 Lt accordingly. The subscription price will remain unchanged.
We are aware that this decision will increase dissatisfaction among our readers. However, this is the only way out from the current situation, and for which we deeply apologize.