Lawyers representing The Barrow County News have threatened to sue a former newspaper delivery employee of the firm for “interference with business relations.”
The former employee, Audrey Harp, has been contacting preprint advertisers of the News claiming that the newspaper exaggerates its true distribution numbers and dumps a large amount of preprints sent to the newspaper for distribution.
Harp, who says she has delivered for the News for 20 years, alleges that the BCN tells advertisers that it has circulation distribution of 8,000, but that in reality it has less than 2,000 home delivery customers.
Newspapers charge for preprints by the piece, so the higher the circulation number, the more money the newspaper generates.
Harp claims that the BCN overprints each week, then management instructs carriers to dump the leftover newspapers and preprints.
In an Aug. 28 letter from the law firm Greer, Stansfield & Turner of Covington, Swartz-Morris Media, Inc., which owns the BCN, the paper threatened to sue Harp for having contacted advertisers about her claims of false circulation numbers.
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