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King's death delays Saudi newspapers

Newspapers in Saudi Arabia hit the streets four hours late after a flood of condolence ads for King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, delayed production.

Newspapers in Saudi Arabia hit the streets four hours late after a flood of condolence ads for King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, delayed production.

Some daily newspapers in the Kingdom doubled in size the day after the King’s death was announced as hundreds of Saudi companies paid their respects with full-page ads.

Pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat carried 112 full-page condolence ads, taking the newspaper’s total pagination up to 144 pages, up from its usual 56 pages, while Al Riyadh put out a 116 page edition, with 90 condolence ads. Okaz had 60 full-page ads, and put out an 80-page edition.

“The newspapers were on sale from around 10am where as normally they come out at 6am,” said Haytham Safawi, Riyadh sales manager at Al Khaleejiah, part of the Saudi Research and Publishing Company, publishers of Asharq Al-Awsat. “These editions were biggest I have ever seen.”

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