The Press: Trials of the Trib

The long-ailing New York Herald Tribune, which has been busily expanding since brisk, 30-year-old Ogden ("Brownie") Reid stepped in as publisher last spring, had to pull in its belt this week. Five years after launching an 8 p.m. "Early Bird" edition in hopes of snaring readers from the Times (whose first edition does not hit the street until 10 p.m.), the Trib decided to drop it to save money. By pushing the first edition deadline back an hour, Brownie Reid also figures that staffers will have more time to fill out their stories, thus cut down makeover costs for later editions.


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