The Press: Trend Toward Monopoly

During 1951, eleven British newspapers and at least 20 magazines folded, World's Press News, the British trade magazine, reported last week. Some 20 others were forced either to merge or to come out less frequently. Reason: high paper and production costs. The Socialist weekly Tribune added its own gloomy footnote on the trend toward newspaper monopolies. The Royal Commission on the Press, recalled the Tribune, reported in 1949 that of the 66 cities in Great Britain which had daily newspapers, 46 were one-newspaper towns. Another twelve had more than one newspaper but only one owner.

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