NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: The Vanishing Home-Town Editor

Newswatch

Nobody talks more about the necessity for an independent press than the press itself. Does it matter then that all over the country chain ownerships are gobbling up what used to be locally independent newspapers?

The trend is accelerating: chains now control 71% of the nation's daily circulation, and it looks as if most dailies will be in the hands of a dozen giant publishers by the end of the century. Arizona Congressman Mo Udall, whose home-town paper in Tucson was sold to a chain last year, wants the Government to give local...

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