Riyadh Daily To Close Next Month

The English-language newspaper Riyadh Daily, published in the Saudi capital city, will cease publication from next month following a decision of its publishers, Al-Yamamah Press Est. This was announced here yesterday by Talaat F. Wafa, editor in chief of Riyadh Daily.

A sister publication of the widely circulated Arabic daily Al-Riyadh, Riyadh Daily is said to be making financial losses for the publishing company.

Wafa said that “the management has informed me that the publication of Riyadh Daily will continue for one more month.”

The newspaper was about to cease publication from May 10, but the deadline was deferred following the management’s decision late on Wednesday to continue publication for one more month.

Founded in 1967 and launched 17 years ago, the 20-page Riyadh Daily is the first English-language newspaper to cease publication in Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh Daily enjoys a sizeable readership base among Filipinos in Saudi Arabia. Among the Kingdom’s three English-language dailies, Riyadh Daily is the least circulated. According to a study, the best title for advertisers to reach non-Arab executives in Saudi Arabia has been Arab News, holding 71.6 percent of the readership share. Riyadh Daily attracts only 11.5 percent of readers.

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