The Press: The TTS Revolution

In the Associated Press bureau in Charlotte, N.C. one morning two years ago, an operator punched out a message that set a revolution in motion. The message: "Greetings. This is the opening of the first Teletypesetter circuit." With those words, A.P. started the biggest mechanical change in U.S. newspaper publishing since the invention of the Linotype machine more than 60 years ago. By last week, more than 900 of the 1,786 dailies in the U.S. were getting A.P., United Press and International News Service news—and setting it in type—by Teletypesetter (TTS)*. In wire-service bureaus, often far from the paper taking the...

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