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Mulling Move, 'Boston Herald' Looks to Dow Jones for Printing

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Mulling Move, 'Boston Herald' Looks to Dow Jones for Printing

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The Boston Herald reported Friday that its publisher, Patrick J. Purcell, has held preliminary talks with Dow Jones & Co. about sending the Herald's printing to the Wall Street Journal publisher's plant in Chicopee, in western Massachusetts, in anticipation of a possible move from its Herald Square headquarters.

The 201,513-circulation tabloid quoted its publisher saying, "We're trying to find alternatives to our existing antiquated production system." The Herald prints at its South Boston Herald Square site on a combination of old Hoe Color Convertible letterpresses and modern KBA Colormax flexo presses.

Purcell told his paper that any plans would be presented to the union representing pressroom staffers.

Purcell, who could not be reached for comment, bought the Herald from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. on Valentine's Day, 1994. (News Corp. bought the Herald from Hearst 25 years ago for $1 million, allowing Murdoch to reacquire a Boston television station for his Fox network. …

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