SALT LAKE CITY — Citing on-going financial loses, OK Espanol, a Salt Lake-based Spanish-language newspaper, announced Tuesday that it would cease its printed edition in mid-February.
;The paper’s web edition will continue to publish in an on-going effort to serve the Hispanic community.
Clark Gilbert, CEO of OK Espanol’s parent organization, the Deseret News, praised the quality of OK Espanol, but said that during the paper’s three-year history, “we have been unable to find a financially self-sustaining model for the printed paper.”
Six employees will be leaving with the closure of the printed publication. The paper’s leadership team will work closely with each of the affected employees on a transition plan.
They created a journalistically strong, award-winning publication.
–Clark Gilbert, CEO of the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media
"We want all of the employees from the OK Espanol team to know how much we appreciate their leadership and commitment to this three–year test of the Hispanic market. They created a journalistically strong, award-winning publication.” Gilbert said.
Gilbert also said this decision is independent of the Deseret News itself.
“(OK Espanol) was a three-year effort to reach the important Hispanic community. It does not impact our confidence in the strength and future of the Deseret News, which remains strong and continues to hit new milestones,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert is also CEO of Deseret Digital Media, parent company of ksl.com.