Baltimore Sun Media Group to shut down City Paper

The Baltimore Sun Media Group said Friday it will shut down the City Paper sometime this year because of declining advertising revenue.

The parent of The Baltimore Sun said in a statement that it became clear in the fall that it would stop publishing the alternative weekly newspaper.

The media group bought the now-40-year-old City Paper from Times-Shamrock Communications for an undisclosed amount in 2014. At the time the City Paper circulated 50,000 papers every Wednesday and drew 200,000 unique monthly visitors to its website.

The company did not say what would happen to employees or confirm how many people worked at the publication.

"This is a difficult decision and we are mindful of how it affects our employees, the readers and advertisers," The Sun's statement said.

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