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(Reading) — A bid deadline is nearing for the Reading Eagle newspaper, whose owners recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

The family-owned paper has been seeking a buyer. Bids are due Wednesday afternoon. If there’s more than one qualified bidder, an auction will be held Friday.

The Reading Eagle Co. issued a mass-layoff notice this week, telling Pennsylvania regulators that nearly its entire workforce of more than 200 employees could lose their jobs next month.

The company’s other properties include news-talk radio station WEEU and a weekly newspaper. The Eagle has continued to publish under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules.

The newspaper said it has an average daily circulation of more than 37,000 Monday through Friday, and more than 50,000 on Sunday. It was first published in 1868.