The Huntsville Times is a thrice-weekly newspaper published in Huntsville, Alabama and printed in Birmingham, Alabama. It also serves the surrounding areas of north Alabama's Tennessee Valley region. The Times formerly operated as an afternoon paper, but moved to mornings years after The Huntsville News ceased publication. It was published by The Huntsville Times Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Advance Publications, Inc. The paper was first acquired by Advance's founder, Samuel Newhouse, Sr., in 1955. The Times is a sister paper to two other Advance-owned publications within Alabama, The Birmingham News and the (Mobile) Press-Register. As of October 1, 2012, all three papers went from daily to thrice-weekly print schedules. All three are now published by an Advance subsidiary called Alabama Media Group. All three papers share the web site al.com.
The Times had the third highest circulation of any daily newspaper in the state until its 2012 schedule reduction.
The Times has received numerous awards over the years from the Alabama Press Association, Society for Professional Journalists, and other trade groups.
On May 24, 2012, Advance Publications announced that its three Alabama newspapers would do away with its print editions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The move was a result of the continuing decline in advertising revenue and circulation for its traditional print products. The move placed increased emphasis on their website, al.com, and reorganizes the Alabama properties into two companies: Alabama Media Group, the editorial side; and Advance Central Services Alabama, which will handle production, distribution and back-office services.
The company also announced that same day that The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana would undergo the same changes. The company has since made similar changes at what had been daily newspapers in Syracuse, New York, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The final daily edition was published on September 30, 2012. The next day was the first time in more than a century that the city of Huntsville had been without a daily newspaper.
Patrick McCauley, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, was the longest-serving editor of the daily Huntsville Times, a post he filled from 1966 to 1994. A previous editor, Reese Thomas Amis (1888-1964), had mentored McCauley when he was a reporter at The Times from 1949 to 1954.