Press: Chain Loses Link

A publisher regains his paper

Like many newspaper owners who sell out to a chain, Robert McKinney decided to stay on and help run the place. But McKinney did not like what the Gannett Co., the nation's largest newspaper group (82 dailies with a combined circ. of 3.5 million), was doing to his Santa Fe New Mexican (circ. 17,960). So he sued to get it back, and last week he won. Federal District Judge Santiago Campos ordered Gannett to return the New Mexican after a six-member jury ruled that the chain had breached an employment contract McKinney signed when he sold the...

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