The Press: The Rochester Acquirer

The Gannett string of daily newspapers totaled only a modest 19 when its founder Frank Gannett died 15 years ago. All but three were concentrated in upstate New York. The Gannett image at the time was that of a celluloid-collar, low-budget exercise in small-city publishing, distinguished mainly by a ban on cigarette and liquor ads that reflected Gannett's personal prohibitions. Then Paul Miller took over as his boss's designated successor and the group took off. Today the Gannett Co., Inc. owns 52 dailies and 14 weeklies, more than any other U.S. chain, and...

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