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Washington Post to close three regional bureaux

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The Washington Post's newspaper division was losing money

The Washington Post daily newspaper is to shut its bureaux in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Executive editor Marcus Brauchli told staff that although the posts of six correspondents in the offices were safe, three news aides had lost jobs.

In a memo, he said the national paper would focus more on political stories and local news coverage in Washington.

Like other US media, the paper has seen a decline in advertising revenue and circulation in recent years.

There has also been a general increase in the numbers of people getting their news online for free.


The offices are due to close at the end of the year.

Mr Brauchli said the measures came "at a time of limited resources and increased competitive pressure".

The paper has a circulation of more than 582,000 copies during weekdays and 822,000 on Sundays, with most papers distributed in the Washington area.

This is seen as its latest attempt to cut costs.

The newspaper division lost $166.7m (£100.5m) during the first three quarters of this year.

However Mr Brauchli tried to reassure his staff that the paper would continue to provide its readers with national stories.

He wrote: "We will continue to cover events around the country as we have for decades, by sending reporters into the field."

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