The Press: Comics v. News

When the British press is criticized for its slim coverage of U.S. and world affairs, London editors have had a ready answer: the newsprint shortage. Last week the British press had its newsprint ration slightly increased—and used most of it for comic strips, features and fiction.

Most London dailies expanded from four to six pages, three days a week. Only the News Chronicle devoted the bulk of this extra space to wider reporting of politics and industry. By contrast, Beaver-brook's Daily Express added Dick Tracy and Kit Conquest to its comic strips, expanded the letters-to-the-editor column, and turned Woman's Editor Anne Edwards...

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