This Morning, A.H. Belo Corp. Announces Loss of 14 Percent in Total Revenue in 2008
Advertising revenue, including print and Internet revenue, decreased 19 percent, driven primarily by declines in classified revenue at The Dallas Morning News. AHC's Internet revenues accounted for 7.4 percent of total revenues for the year. Internet revenues were $47 million, 12 percent below the prior year.A.H. Belo says it could have been worse, but last fall's layoffs resulted in reduced operating expenses. And though there was yet again a rise in newsprint prices, that particular expense likewise declined for the second year in a row -- because the paper, now $1 a day and $2 on Sundays, keeps getting smaller. As News publisher Jim Moroney told Unfair Park earlier this month, the company will likely begin charging for online content: "It's almost imperative we experiment with it to see what the consumer will respond to." This morning, A.H. Belo's stock price sits at $1.92.