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Sources: Free Times Facing Financial Trouble

Multiple sources have confirmed to FITS that Columbia, S.C.’s alternative weekly newspaper – The Free Times – is in financial trouble. We’re not sure just how bad things are, exactly, but a source at the paper has confirmed tips we received late last month about its poor financial health. “It’s…

Multiple sources have confirmed to FITS that Columbia, S.C.’s alternative weekly newspaper – The Free Times – is in financial trouble.

We’re not sure just how bad things are, exactly, but a source at the paper has confirmed tips we received late last month about its poor financial health.

“It’s not good,” our source said.

That’s a shame …

Unlike the city’s liberal, corporate-owned major daily – The Free Times does solid investigative journalism and doesn’t reflexively kiss the ass of the nearest elected official or government bureaucrat. Not only that it does a good job covering the city’s social scene – with excellent reviews of local restaurants, clubs, concerts, etc.

If the paper goes under. it will be a loss …

Portico Media SC of Charlottesville, Virginia sold the paper to Resorts Media LLC for an undisclosed price in December 2012.

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15 comments

nitrat November 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I think the Lexington county lottery winner should pretend he’s Jeff Bezos, buy The Free Times and keep it going as a public service.

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Mike at the Beach November 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Excellent idea, but you are assuming the winner can read…

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? November 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Ha! Funny. I can imagine the headline:

“Our newest alcoholic, on disability millionaire lottery winner is: John Doe!”

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J wms November 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

No!!! The only REAL newspaper in Colatown. Don’t always agree with perspective but covers issues.

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ravenhaired vixen November 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Ever since the Free Times was taken over last year it has lost its edge. Nobody wants a sanitized “alternative” weekly. Face it…Free Times has jumped the shark!

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Steve November 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Might explain why they stopped using staples.

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Slartibartfast November 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Paper is dead. It just doesn’t know it yet. Eventually, news isn’t going to be delivered via paper when people my age croak, but I’m already gone. If they want to make money, they should go digital. It’s really cheap and can make good money if you hire a great salesperson. I’ve often thought about going from hobby to sales – I have enough readers – but I’m too busy in my lifelong craft. In my business, you move, you lose, so I’m not straying from what works.

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Norma Scok November 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm

No real loss. WGAF what shitty garage band played at Pavlov’s last Saturday? 1994 is over and nobody told TFT.

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mayorboob November 2, 2013 at 1:55 am

Damn I sure am going to miss that week later N.Y.Times crossword puzzle…..not that I could ever finish it.

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murrsshall November 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

Good riddance!

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GrandTango November 3, 2013 at 8:29 am

About the ONLY thing FITS has done close to correctly, is bill himself (even if lying) as right-of-center. Never mind that he is all over the road, and Frenches the anus of every liberal who will wrap back around on him….(as does Free Times)…

If FITS has an ounce of deductive powers, which he does not, he’d figure out liberalism does not sell anymore. It collapses on itself, ending in demonstrative Failure (see Obama on: healthcare; energy; morality; the economy; taxes; jobs…etc)

The State newspaper, MSNBC and CNN are all getting to the $#!* kicked out of them by sucking left, as FITS tends to do…

FITS can at least feign an adherence to being on the right side every now and again, because of his claim of Liberal-Tarian….(they rape the success of the right for their own use)….

But how much longer can FITS fool any dumb@$$ stupid enough to buy on here, that the liberals sucking him off are worth marketing to?

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I Saw Your Idiot Post November 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

How much do you get from Medicaid, G man? You hypocrite.

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shifty henry November 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

GrandTangerine, how are things out on Bub Schumpert Road (the ONLY street in America with no Zip Code) ?

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euwe max November 4, 2013 at 12:35 am

alternative
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does that mean massage parlor ads?

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DC November 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

Unsubstantiated rumors such as this could easily lead an otherwise healthy newspaper into death spiral.

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