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Committee Wants to Explore Alternate Funding for Seattle P-I

Patricia Murphy
02/05/2009

A group committed to keeping two daily newspapers in Seattle says the community needs to make an effort to buy the Seattle Post–Intelligencer from Hearst Corp. KUOW's Patricia Murphy reports.

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SEATTLE ATTORNEY ANNE BREMNER CO–CHAIRS THE COMMITTEE FOR A TWO–NEWSPAPER TOWN. SHE SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SAVE THE SEATTLE POST–INTELLIGENCER IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

BREMNER: "We'd like to see a buyer. We'd like to see ideas from the community, we'd like to see people come forward elected officials business labor neighborhood groups and other groups come and help out in anyway to make sure the P–I isn't shut down for good."

IN A LETTER TO THE GROUP WEDNESDAY, HEARST SAID IT MADE NO DECISION ABOUT WHETHER TO CLOSE THE P–I COMPLETELY OR OPERATE IT AS A NEWS WEBSITE WITH A GREATLY REDUCED STAFF. BUT BREMNER AND THE COMMITTEE AREN'T SATISFIED WITH THE RESPONSE. SHE SAYS A WEB VERSION ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH AND IT'S TIME TO EXPLORE ALTERNATE FUNDING OPTIONS.

BREMNER: "There are a lot of ideas: Employee–owned, community–supported, government–assisted, grants, individual donors ... look at NPR. All kinds of different ideas, we're just looking for all input, and all kinds of ideas, and all income that we can muster up to try and save the P–I."

THE LETTER TO THE COMMITTEE ALSO PUT TO REST RUMORS THAT THAT THE P–I'S POTENTIAL CLOSURE WAS A MOVE BY HEARST TO BUY THE SEATTLE TIMES. FOR YEARS HEARST HAS BEEN MAKING A YEARLY ONE MILLION DOLLAR PAYMENT TO THE TIMES TO ENSURE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL IF THE NEWSPAPER WERE EVER PUT UP FOR SALE. HEARST CONFIRMED TODAY THEY DID NOT MAKE THAT FINAL PAYMENT.

PATRICIA MURPHY, KUOW NEWS.

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