Newspapers: Manhattan Mergers

The most interesting shop talk for New York City journalists for the past few years has concerned the death, rebirth or merger of their papers. Last week the gossip was at least partially confirmed—but not by one of the papers' own reporters. It came from Gabe Pressman, a ubiquitous newsman for NBC television. Pressman reported "top secret negotiations" involving a merger of the morning Herald Tribune and the two afternoon papers, the World-Telegram and Sun and the Journal-American.

Financial Woes. The publishers confirmed Pressman's scoop, but they were not offering any details. Best guess, however, was that Scripps-Howard's Telly and...

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