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The Winnipeg Free Press is considering a plan to deliver a ‘super’ weekend edition of the paper on Saturdays, and create a new Sunday tab for the street — but a final decision has not been made.

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The Winnipeg Free Press is considering a plan to deliver a ‘super’ weekend edition of the paper on Saturdays, and create a new Sunday tab for the street — but a final decision has not been made.

If the paper does decide to make the changes, publisher Bob Cox wants to assure readers and advertisers they’ll be the first to know.

Cox said continuing economic challenges have spurred the company to consider all kinds of options, including the delivery of one ‘super edition’ Saturdays, which would include all of the Sunday Free Press features, from Homes to Books to personal finance and everything in between.

Replacing the Sunday broadsheet with a single-copy Tab is a possibility, he said today.

“We’re not running for cover,” Cox said.

“We’re not withdrawing from the marketplace on any day. We’re a bold newspaper that’s not afraid to experiment and change. We have been recognized for being unique and a leader in Canadian newspapers.

“We intend to continue that tradition.”

Cox said the challenge is to ensure home subscribers would still get everything they want to read on the weekend in one big package — right down to double Diversions pages and comics.

“It would be a big change,” he said, “and not one we can decide upon until we have explored every possibility.

“We’re looking at everything, including pricing,” he said.

The Free Press published its first Sunday edition in February 1985.

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