Newspapers: Competition Makes a Comeback

In most large cities, the newspaper trend is toward fewer competitive dailies; mergers are the order of the day. Last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., competition made a comeback. A quasi merger ended, and the city suddenly had two new papers. The morning Times and the afternoon News-Free Press parted after 24 years of joint operation. Once they split, the Times promptly began to publish the afternoon Post, while the Free Press started to put out a Sunday edition.

The merger had never been an especially happy one, even though both papers had...

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