Will the ‘NYP’ and ‘NYDN’ Join for Printing and Distribution?

By: E&P Staff

As newspapers deal with the crushing pressure to contain costs, it’s not surprising that two rival New York City tabs are waving the white flag, at least on part of the battlefield.

Those two papers are the New York Post and the New York Daily News, which are allegedly in discussions about sharing printing, distribution, and some back office operations.

The New York Times’ Tim Arango reports that the “preliminary” talks between the two papers began in May after Newsday was sold to Cablevision. Both Mortimer Zuckerman, owner of the Daily News, and Rupert Murdoch, owner of the New York Post, independently bid on the former Tribune property based in Melville, N.Y.

Any partnership possibility between the two papers would probably not entail a Joint Operating Agreement, Arango reported.

Up for debate is which printing facility would handle the operations.

“Working together on the business side would present a start cultural shift for the papers’ news staffs, which are accustomed to seeing the other side as the enemy,” Arango wrote. “Rumors of the two rivals in business together has already sparked whispering in the Post newsroom and cocktail chatter in Mr. Zuckerman and Mr. Murdoch’s media mogul circles – it was one point of gossip during the recent Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.”

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