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New Owner Won't Affect Newspaper's Politics; Chicago Sun-Times Publisher Tells Readers That the Paper's Editorial Policies Will Not Change to Reflect Conrad Black's Viewpoint

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

New Owner Won't Affect Newspaper's Politics; Chicago Sun-Times Publisher Tells Readers That the Paper's Editorial Policies Will Not Change to Reflect Conrad Black's Viewpoint

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Chicago Sun-Times publisher tells readers that the paper's editorial policies will not change to reflect Conrad Black's viewpoint

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES publisher Sam McKeel is reassuring readers that the paper's editorial policies will not turn right as a result of its sale to outspoken conservative Conrad Black.

In a full-page commentary April 3, McKeel also said ownership by American Publishing Co. -- the U.S. division of Black's Hollinger Inc.-- will not worsen labor relations at the paper.

McKeel gave the labor reassurance in answer to questions from a "few readers," some of whom "noted that they've stopped reading our competitor [the Chicago Tribune] because of its anti-union stance since the mid-1980s."

"American Publishing and its parent, Hollinger, have a well-deserved reputation for letting the local management make operating decisions ranging from the editorial policy of the newspaper to dealings with labor unions," McKeel wrote.

"The Chicago Sun-Times has employees who are members of 12 different unions, and we have contracts with all 12. As these agreements expire, we will continue to seek fair and equitable contracts with our union employees," he added. …

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