The Press: Collector's Items

The boiler plate (canned features) king of rural journalism in the U.S. is a man named John Holliday Perry. He has another distinction as a press lord: he is the Mr. Big of Florida journalism, with six dailies, 16 weeklies, six radio stations.

Last week Perry quietly added two more Florida papers to his string. He now has a monopoly in West Palm Beach. To get the morning Post and evening Times and their Sunday paper he paid $1,050,000, outbidding 40 others. In the lush and well-combed Beaches, that left only the small but fancy Palm Beach News (circ. around 2,500) outside...

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