The Buenos Aires Herald is history.
One of the oldest newspapers in Argentina is ending its short-lived run as a weekly, two employees confirmed to The Bubble this afternoon.
Authorities at the weekly newspaper, which is majority owned by local conglomerate Grupo Indalo, called employees to tell them they would be laid off as the 140-year-old newspaper will be closing.
“They called us in and they just fired us all,” a Herald staff member explained.
At least some of the laid off employees were told that there won’t be a final edition of the paper, a decision that has rankled some of the staff.
“The readers deserve a farewell,” one Herald staff member said.
Another Herald employee, however, said that the situation is still very uncertain and was optimistic that there might still be a final issue of the paper.
The definitive closure of the newspaper comes less than a year after the formerly daily started to be published as a weekly in November. The abrupt shift from a daily to a weekly came with layoffs across most of the newspaper’s staff. As of last week only six full-time employees remained on board to produce the weekly that covered local, regional, and international news.
The Herald began as a single-sheet paper dedicated to shipping news and became a daily paper in 1877, providing news to the English-speaking immigrants who were arriving in Buenos Aires at the height of the country’s immigration boom at the turn of the century.
The Buenos Aires Herald is now best remembered for being one of the few local publications that covered the forced disappearances and murders that took place during Argentina’s bloody 1976-1983 dictatorship.
The Bubble has reached out to Grupo Indalo and Herald editor-in-chief Sebastián Lacunza for comment. We will update this story when we receive a response.
*Disclaimer: The author of this story worked at the Buenos Aires Herald for several years, first as a reporter and then as managing editor. The founder and CEO of The Bubble, Adrian Bono, also worked at the Herald for several years.