RIGA - Mediju Nams, the publisher of newspaper Neatkariga Rita Avize (NRA), has decided that the newspaper will not be printed anymore and will only be issued in digital format.
According to nra.lv, the last issue of the traditional newspaper will be April 30. Juris Paiders, former Dienas Bizness newspaper's editor in chief, will become the new, digital newspaper's editor, while the nra.lv portal will be run by the portal's current editor Ilze Zalite.
Mediju Nams board chairman Nauris Krastins explains that only the format of the newspaper is changing, not the content. The change is a natural step forward, as the nra.lv digital platform already has an audience about eight to ten times larger than that of the traditional newspaper.
"Unfortunately, the traditional newspaper no longer has an economically viable future, but the demand from our readers for a perspective that is different from that of the ruling elite remains unchanged. And we will continue to provide it," said Kapostins.
All NRA subscribers will be refunded the subscription fee for the period when the newspaper will no longer be printed. More information on the refund procedure will be published in NRA on March 20, as well as on the abone.nra.lv website from March 20.
The changes also mean that part of the newspaper's employees will be laid off. All employees who are laid off will be paid compensation in accordance with the laws and regulations of Latvia.
As reported, NRA long-time editor in chief Anita Daukste stepped down at end-February.
Daukste had been the newspaper's editor-in-chief since February 2007.