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Seattle remains a two-newspaper town after JOA settlement
Submitted by jonathan on Tue, 2007-04-17 11:01
The Seattle Times and the Hearst Corporation have settled their dispute over the Joint Operating Agreement linking the Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The settlement ends fears that the Times would withdraw from the JOA and that Hearst would respond by closing the P-I, silencing an important set of media voices in Seattle and tossing 200 employees out into an uncertain job market.
Reclaim the Media has supported maintaining the JOA in order to preserve a diversity of voices in Seattle media. RTM was a founding member of the Committee for a Two-Newspaper Town, which organized public support for maintaining the JOA and intervened in the JOA court battle on behalf of the two papers' readership.