May 1, 1990 |
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a long-running suit challenging the tax exemption of the Roman Catholic Church because of its anti-abortion activities. The lawsuit, filed nearly a decade ago by a series of abortion rights advocates, leaves the key issue undecided. The lower courts simply ruled that abortion rights advocates had suffered no actual injury, and, therefore, had no legal standing to raise the issue in court.
April 26, 1990 |
Gannett Foundation said Wednesday that it may sell the stock it holds in Gannett Co., the nation's biggest newspaper publishing company, in order to raise funds needed to meet tax obligations. The Arlington, Va.-based foundation, which is the largest information-based foundation in the nation, said in a statement that it plans to engage an investment banking firm to negotiate the possible sale of its 10% stake in Gannett Co.
March 29, 1990 |
William J. Keating, president and chief executive of the Detroit Newspaper Agency, is returning to Cincinnati as chairman and publisher of the Cincinnati Enquirer. It was one of several newspaper publishing shifts announced Wednesday by Gannett Co. and Knight-Ridder Inc. Keating, who also serves as chairman of the Associated Press, will be succeeded in Detroit by Joseph M. Ungaro, Gannett said. Ungaro is a Gannett vice president and president and publisher of its Westchester Rockland (N.Y.
March 22, 1990 |
It was supposed to be a marriage of profitable convenience, a newspaper merger that only an accountant could love. But so far, last November's partial merger of the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News hasn't really made the accountants--or the advertising salespeople, for that matter--all that happy.
December 9, 1989 |
"It's business as usual here," Grant Tinker said Friday following the announced break-up of his partnership with the Gannett Co. in the production of TV shows under the GTG banner. The GTG series "USA Today on TV," based on the Gannett-owned newspaper, was canceled last month after endless criticism and ratings failure, and will end Jan. 7.
November 29, 1989 |
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reached a tentative contract with employees Tuesday that smoothed the start of their joint operating agreement and calmed fears of holiday advertisers. "We're delighted we have a settlement," said Robert Giles, president and publisher of the News, owned by Gannett Co. "We expected to be able to work it out on an amicable basis, and we did."
November 29, 1989 |
Two of the nation's largest newspapers have been placed in an awkward position as they try to cover one of the year's hottest scandals--the massive Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud case--which has important connections in their own back yard. The business operations of both the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press are now jointly run by William Keating, the brother of Charles H. Keating Jr., the central figure behind the collapsed Irvine thrift.
November 24, 1989 |
"USA Today on TV," which once billed itself as TV of the future, is now a thing of the past. GTG Entertainment, the production company created by former NBC Chairman Grant Tinker and the Gannett Co., pulled the plug on Thanksgiving Eve after a rocky year and two months that saw the syndicated program lambasted by critics, ignored by viewers and dropped by stations. The last segment is scheduled for Jan. 8.
November 14, 1989 |
The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News will execute the biggest newspaper merger in American history on Nov. 27, joining business operations but keeping separate news staffs, the papers announced Monday. The announcement came within hours of the 4-4 Supreme Court vote clearing the way for the merger, three years and a spate of legal hurdles after Gannett Co. and Knight-Ridder announced the proposed truce in April, 1986.