Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Representatives from The Post-Standard tell NewsChannel 9 that a printing press problem delayed the printing of the paper for several hours on Sunday.
Home delivery of The Post-Standard was late for many customers and some customers are still waiting.In a note published on syracuse.com
, Syracuse Media Group President Tim Kennedy addressed the morning delay.
At about 7:15 p.m., Kennedy posted an update.
He wrote, "We estimate that 95% of subscribers have been delivered. That leaves about 4,000-5,000 subscribers without a paper. While carriers are still out delivering we do not expect all routes to be completed tonight. Specifically, there are routes eastside-Dewitt-university area that will not get the paper until tomorrow. Any subscriber that does not recieve the newspaper tonight will receive it in the am."
The note also addressed the cause of the delay:
"Some of our carriers/distributors delivered the “Advance run” sections earlier in the morning and the Main News and Sports sections later in the day. Those “Advance run” sections were completed before we experienced problems with our press. The Sunday paper is so large that we sometimes have to run one or two Advance runs before the Main news press run which typically begins around midnight Saturday. Around midnight last night, we experienced electronic control problems that prevented us from starting the press.
It is not unusual for us (or any newspaper) to experience mechanical issues. Presses are a complex mix of machinery and systems. We almost always are able to solve these problems with no or only minor impact to our customers. This was not the case last night as the press control problem delayed us for about seven hours. Our press run did not begin until about 7:30 a.m. and was completed at 9:45 a.m. The last papers were delivered to our distribution centers around 10:10 a.m.
Our distributors and newspaper carriers typically pick up newspapers from our distribution centers beginning around 2 a.m. on Sundays. They are hard working folks and many of them have other jobs or responsibilities. Many of them could not simply wait for seven hours until the newspapers arrived. As a result, we asked them to come back and deliver later in the day. These folks do a great job for all of us; today’s problems were all related to production, not your carrier."
You can read the entire note here