Press: Cash Deal

Sun-Times goes to Murdoch

His holdings include such staid institutions as the Australian of Sydney and the Times of London. But the eight big-city tabloids of Press Baron Rupert Murdoch, 52, which cover their turf from Boston to Fleet Street, rarely stray from lurid roots: NUDE PRINCIPAL DEAD IN MOTEL (San Antonio Express); HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR (New York Post). Last week Murdoch took his headline high jinks to the U.S. heartland. He bought the troubled Chicago Sun-Times, the nation's eighth largest urban daily, for $90 million in cash.

Taken as a whole, Murdoch's American properties, from the checkout-counter tabloid Star to...

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