The Press: The Urge to Merge

The Urge to Merge U. S. newspapers, unlike the people who read them, are growing fewer in number. In almost every city, the urge to merge, to kill one newspaper for the profit of an, other, is strong. Chicago once had five morning newspapers; now it has only two, the opulent Tribune and Hearst's Herald and Examiner.* Cleveland, with more than a million inhabitants, has only one morning newspaper, two evening. The climax of the urge to merge is the city with a complete newspaper monopoly—a morning-evening-Sunday paper under the ownership of...