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The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

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Tribune crowns new wire to replace City News

Four months after the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times announced they were folding the 108-year-old City News Bureau of Chicago, the Tribune is creating its own version of the storied wire service.

The service will be owned by the Chicago Tribune and will operate on a nonprofit, break-even basis, says Joe Leonard, the Tribune associate editor who is president of the City News Bureau. The Tribune's new service will begin operations March 1, the day City News Bureau goes out of business.

"This will be run as just another division within our newsroom," Leonard says.

Like City News, the new service will provide 24-hour police coverage, reports from the courts and local government offices, and will provide the "day book" of upcoming events. In addition to the Tribune's print and electronic operations, the new service has signed on five television and three radio broadcasters.

The Tribune service does not yet have a name, but the 900-Pound Gorilla Bureau might be appropriate: When the paper decided to go ahead with its own operation, it immediately knocked out two competing business who were trying to market a replacement to the city's broadcasters and newspapers. …

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