NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 09, 1975
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(Studio) Washington, DC "Star" profiled. "Star" struggling to stay alive; it's losing readers and money.
REPORTER: Tom Snyder
(DC) "DC Post" now dominant newspaper in DC. "DC Star's" prestige began falling 15 years ago. In last 3 years, "Star" has lost $12 million. Afternoon papers all over country having trouble. In days gone by, husbands read afternoon paper, but now they watch 1 1/2 hrs. of local and ntl. news. "Star" family-owned and operated; critics say paper refused to change with times. Last fall Joe Allbritton bought paper; James Bellows new editor of "Star" still 1 of best, with superb staff of eds. and writers. Mary McCrory and Jack Germaine on "Star's" staff. Morale very high on staff; they vote to take loss in pay and go on 4-day week rather than have 20% staff reduction. [Edward BELLOWS - thinks "Star" must be quality newspaper to survive.] [Publisher Joe ALLBRITTON - says "Star" can't be turned around overnight. Explains reasons for buying Washington, DC "Star; Star" has other assets besides newspapers.] "DC Star" looks better under Bellows' direction.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
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