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Freep & Det. News Change Hands (again)

Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:32 pm

The freep with its liberal op-ed, the Detroit News with its conservative edge have had a joint publishing arrangemnet for years.

IMO, in the long run, Detroit will most likely loose one of its daily papers, I don't think in this age of 24 hour news, and this Internet thingy, there is still a need for two papers.

Detroit's two daily newspapers got new owners Wednesday and a new chance to attract more readers by competing against one another in the morning for the first time in 16 years.


Paul Anger, left, newly named Free Press editor, and David L. Hunke, the paper's new president and publisher, answer questions at a staff meeting in the Free Press newsroom Wednesday.

The city's major dailies -- the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News -- were sold in separate deals that will end the papers' awkward joint editions on weekends and holidays by early 2006. After that, the Free Press will publish the only Sunday paper.

The News, currently an afternoon paper, will offer morning home delivery in the Detroit area for the first time since 1989 and publish Monday through Saturday.

As part of the deal, the Free Press, formerly owned by Knight Ridder Inc., was sold to Gannett Co., Inc., the nation's largest newspaper publisher. The News, formerly published by Gannett, was sold to MediaNews Group, a Denver-based publisher of the Denver Post.

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RE: Freep & Det. News Change Hands (again)

Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:01 pm

Yet another example of unions running amuck and companies doing everything they can to break them  Yeah sure
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RE: Freep & Det. News Change Hands (again)

Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:39 am

Sounds like Cincinnati where the Enquirer is owned by Gannett and the Post is owned by Scripps - yet the Enquirer basically runs the Post - and keeps it in business. The Enquirer is the morning daily paper and the post is the afternoon paper. Post doesn't publish on Sunday. They even have a joint website - www.cincinnati.com.

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