Newhouse: No Plans to Shutter or Sell the ‘Times-Picayune’

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By: Jennifer Saba

Advance Publications President Donald E. Newhouse said the company has no plans to shutter or sell The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

“We will continue to own the Times-Picayune come hell or high water,” he told a group of publishers during the Newspaper Association of America’s annual meeting.

Newhouse is the recipient of the Katherine Graham Lifetime Achievement Award. Jay R. Smith, outgoing NAA chairman, presented Newhouse with the honor during the closing lunch at the McCormick Place.

Earlier in the morning, Ashton Phelps, Jr., publisher of the Times-Picayune, gave one of the most moving presentations during the convention on how the paper published during Hurricane Katrina garnering him a standing ovation from his peers.

“My father taught me localness, community, and relevance,” Newhouse said after joking that there is no such thing as a too short speech, a phrase he said he cribbed from Arthur “Punch” Sulzberger, last years honoree.

He also took a stand for the industry explaining there is a “long and fruitful future for news on paper.”

“We will continue to survive and prosper,” he said. “We will meet the challenges of the day as we have met past challenges.”

Newhouse received the award on behalf of all his newspapers employees: “I accept this award with great pride.”

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