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Buffett questions New Orleans newspaper changes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett is questioning the wisdom of changes the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper plans to make this fall.

Last week the Times-Picayune and three major Alabama dailies owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications announced plans to cut back to three printed issues a week. The newspapers will shift its focus to online news.

Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway just bought 63 newspapers from Media General for $142 million, says he was surprised by the New Orleans announcement.

Buffett says publishing a newspaper three days a week seems “simply unsustainable over the longer term.”

New Orleans musician Evan Christopher says Buffett’s reaction is in response to an open letter he wrote to Buffett about the changes.

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