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January 11, 1988 - Image 6

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Page 6 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, January 11, 1988

Free Press publisher
seeks merger with News

DETROIT (AP) - The publisher
of the Detroit Free Press wrote yes-
terday that the newspaper "could die"
if it cannot partially merge with the
Detroit News, but other industry of-
ficials don't share that assessment.
Although U.S. Attorney General
- Edwin Meese will decide whether to
approve the newspapers' request for a
joint operating agreement, Free
Press publisher David Lawrence took
the newspaper's plight to readers in a
front-page column yesterday.
"I am worried. The Free Press
could die," Lawrence wrote. "If the
proposed joint operating agreement
is not approved, the owners of the
Free Press (Knight-Ridder Co.) have
said they must leave newspaper
publishing in Detroit...I sense the
unthinkable has become the possi-
An even gloomier tone was
struck by political columnist Hugh
McDiarmid, who wrote Sunday, "...I

will predict that, sometime later this
year, you'll wake up to a Free Press
with a big, black headline saying:
'Goodbye Detroit."'
The columns by Lawrence and
McDiarmid appeared 11 days after
Morton Needelman, a federal admin-
istrative law judge, recommended to
Meese that the proposed joint
operating agreement be denied.
Meese, who is not bound to that
recommendation, is expected to
make a ruling later this year.
Joint operating agreements al-
ready exist between newspapers in
more than 20 cities nationwide.
They allow newspapers to save
money by combining their advertis-
ing, printing, distribution, and other
business functions, while maintain-
ing seperate news and editorials.
The parent companies of the two
Detroit newspapers sought approval
for the agreement in 1986. The Free
Press said it lost $73.5 million be-

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