The Press: A Radical Change

Not even Germany's surrender in World War II made Page One in Britain's Manchester Guardian—for the good reason that in all its 131 years, the Guardian's front page has carried nothing but classified ads. Last week 43-year-old Laurence P. Scott, the Guardian's managing director and chairman, announced that, beginning this fall, the paper will print news on the front page, leaving the venerable London Times the only British daily still façaded by ads. Since two-thirds of the Guardian's total circulation (127,083) is now outside Manchester (9% of it in the U.S.), Scott wanted to make the paper look "less parochial," give...

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