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New York City Newspaper Strike #259749

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 27, 1978
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(Studio) Reports of positive mtgs. between negotiators in New York City newspaper strike, prior to walkout by "New York Post" publisher Rupert Murdoch, noted. Murdoch's reasons stated. Strike reported seen by some as more than local story.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) New York City efforts to get people back into city described. television commercial shown. Successful season for Broadway last year and prospects for this year reported [League of New York Theaters spokesperson Richard BARR - describes increase in business] Concerns about effect of newspaper strike, taking away established theater critics and advertising, on theater for season outlined. Department stores' use of direct mail to customers noted. Amt. said to be lost daily by newspapers and actual financial situation for each detailed. "Times" reported to be financial complex, "News" reported owned by Tribune Company, and "Post" reported owned by Murdoch, whose international press empire incls. "Village Voice" and "New York" magazine Those hurting from strike stated to be people who write for, work on and sell papers. Details about involvement in heart of strike of Pressman's Union given; is reported to be family job, as in case of George Kennedy and son George, Junior, and son-in-law Richard Kendrick. "Washington Post" publisher Kay Graham's war with pressmen in 1975 and results of it to union outlined. Columnist Jimmy Breslin's views on this reported [BRESLIN - thinks New York City publishers are jealous of Graham's having thrown pressmen out.] Union's losses in similar struggles in 10 other cities mentioned. Murdoch's recent comments cited. National Newspaper Guild view of situation noted. [Guild spokesperson Charles PERLIK - says there's national drive by newspapers to tame and intimidate unions.] Concern of United States labor leaders that this might indicate growing trend by employers to use protest against higher prices to weaken unions stated. AFL-CIO statement about situation reported
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill

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