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February 24, 2013
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Editor's Notebook: New A&E section and TV guide debut Thursday

It’s time to let you know of a change coming to your News-Review this Thursday. It’s especially important for those of you who have relied on us to tell you what’s on television and when.

Ever since I moved to Douglas County in 1976 and long before that, The News-Review has published a TV guide — 17 pages of grids that let you know the programs you can watch from early morning until midnight, whether you’re tuning into local channels or some of the most popular cable offerings.

It’s difficult to say why this has been a part of The News-Review. After all, we don’t operate any television stations, nor do we own stock in them. In fact, we’ve often felt ripped off when local TV broadcasters read the news we’ve written word-for-word on their newscasts.

Yet, we deliver a newspaper and weekly TV guide to your home six days a week at an average cost of 42 cents per subscriber. Meantime, the most basic cable or satellite packages run at least $2 per day and none of those companies provide you with a printed TV guide.

Well, guess what? We can’t continue to subsidize the cable and satellite companies any more.

So, we’ve got a new deal for you.

We will still deliver a TV guide to you every Thursday with your newspaper, but we need you to sign up and pay for it. You can preview our guide for free this Thursday and March 7 when it’s inserted in every newspaper. It will be called TV Extra and will contain the same TV grids you’ve come to expect.

If you like TV Extra and want to have it delivered with your paper, notify us by calling 541-957-4244 or emailing customerservice@nrtoday.com. Beginning March 14, you will not receive TV Extra unless you’ve requested it.

So, what’s the cost? If you buy our newspaper at a retail outlet or newsstand, TV Extra will be inside and included in the cost of the daily paper: 75 cents.

If you have home delivery and choose to include TV Extra, you will see an increase of 75 cents per week.

If you are on our auto payment plan, or if you pay quarterly, semiannually or annually, we’ll simply adjust your rate. There’s no need to make an additional payment.

The good news is that even with the additional charge for TV Extra, your overall cost is still less than 50 cents a day, even when the Sunday paper is included.

I can’t think of anything else I can get delivered to my house for 50 cents, or what I could buy at the store for that matter. A TV guide purchased at the store costs roughly $4.

Those of you who are paying attention must be wondering what will happen to the stories and calendar that were part of Currents. You’ll see them every Thursday in a newly designed Arts & Entertainment section of the newspaper.

We will continue to write about local artists, musicians, dancers, authors, events and more, as well as interesting performers from out of town who play at local venues. An extensive calendar, listing of art galleries, book reviews, movies showing locally and announcements of events and arts-related news will be part of the A&E section.

As always, we will rely on event organizers, promoters and business owners to inform us of happenings so we can provide details for our readers. Submissions should be sent to arts and entertainment reporter Betsy Swanback at bswanback@nrtoday.com or mailed to or dropped off at The News-Review, 345 N.E. Winchester St., Roseburg, OR 97470. Deadline remains noon Friday for publication in the following Thursday’s paper.

We also appreciate it when organizers go to www.nrtoday.com/calendar and enter details about their performances and events to our online calendar.

We hope you like the changes coming to your newspaper. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Have a great Sunday!

• News-Review Editor Vicki Menard can be reached at 541-957-4203 or vmenard@nrtoday.com.

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