NY Times to Notify Feds It's Shutting Globe
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2009 1:52 AM CDT
"Boston Globe" workers hoist placards at a rally Friday.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

(Newser) – The New York Times will file a required 60-day notice with federal authorities that it plans to shut the storied Boston Globe, newspaper officials said last night. Tense negotiations with unions failed to produce millions of dollars in savings Times representatives say are necessary to continue Globe operations. The Newspaper Guild called the announcement a "bullying" negotiating ploy, reports the Washington Post.

The Globe's circulation plunged 14% in the last six months and the paper is expected to lose $85 million this year. The Times is also staggered by fiscal problems, and had to mortgage its Manhattan building, borrow $240 million at a 14% interest rate from a Mexican investor, and cut staff and salaries.

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May 4, 2009 12:09 PM CDT
with news all over the net, no wonder newspaper sales are down all over the country
May 4, 2009 3:57 AM CDT
.... and hopefully followed by shutting down Wall Street Journal-- also bleeding money-- and the other Rupert Murdoch right wing rags.
May 4, 2009 2:44 AM CDT
Thank you Zorro for making my point more succinct.