The Press: Star Witness

When the Government began a criminal antitrust suit against the Kansas City Star Co.. President Roy Roberts called the indictment a "shotgun" blast. Last week, in Kansas City's U.S. District Court', President Roberts, 67, got a chance to fire back. He was the chief defense witness against Government charges that the Star and its morning edition, the Times, used their monopoly position to kill competition and keep their own circulation and ad rates high (TIME, Feb. 14). On the witness stand Roberts testified that the papers' success was the result of "efficient management," not monopoly position.

Roberts, who was backed up by...

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