Press: No Longer All in the Family

The Detroit News goes from a newspaper war to a bidding war

For nearly three decades, Detroit has been the scene of one of the costliest and hardest-fought newspaper rivalries in the U.S. In a battle for dominance of the sixth largest market in the nation, the powerful Knight-Ridder Newspapers Inc. has spent an estimated $23 million since 1979 to cover losses at the morning Detroit Free Press (circ. 646,476). The smaller, family-run Evening News Association, which owns the all-day Detroit News (circ. 666,949), has paid even more. It allegedly used revenues from five television and two radio stations to offset an estimated $41.5 million in losses at the paper from 1981 to...

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