Daily paper in Columbia halts publication


Edward G. Pickett announced yesterday that his fledgling Columbia daily newspaper, the Columbia Daily Tribune, had suspended publication indefinitely, likely for good.

Little more than three months after its first issue, Mr. Pickett's ambitious goal of starting a new newspaper has all but failed, he acknowledged, the apparent victim of poor distribution and too little start-up capital.

Under the best of circumstances, his enterprise would have been an uphill battle. Few daily newspapers have been started in the United States in recent years.

"We did not live up to our promises," he said. "We told our advertisers that we would have free home delivery to 30,000 Columbia residents on weekends, and we didn't do that."

"I'm very disappointed that we failed," he said. "But it seems to me that it was better that we tried to do this than never bothered to try it at all."

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