Monday, January 9, 2012

Boston Globe to Publish Boston Herald; Will Red Sox & Yankees Soon Share a Dugout?

Boston Herald composing room, from Robert N. D...Image via WikipediaTeamsters yesterday unanimously gave their blessing to a deal that will have broadsheet The Boston Globe printing and delivering its rival tabloid Boston Herald beginning January 23, the dailies announced separately.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though 50 Teamsters--drivers and other personnel--will be laid off by the Herald. According to a story in the Herald, the Globe will print and deliver the city edition of the tabloid Sunday through Friday and the paper's entire Saturday run, but the Herald, Sunday through Friday, will print most of the copies of the paper from its plant in Chicopee, Mass., which will be distributed by wholesalers, some of whom are Globe-controlled.

The deal makes fiscal sense for both dailies, which, of course, will maintain separate newsrooms and editorial identities. The Herald report of  the business arrangement stresses its imminent move into "state-of-the-art" offices in Boston's fast-growing Seaport District, while the Globe account of the deal emphasizes the Herald's personnel layoffs in the lead paragraph, so the competitive newspaper spirit captured by The Front Page may not entirely be dead.

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