USA Today Chairman In World Tour To Report On ‘Good, Bad, Glad, Sad’
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Gannett Co. Chairman Allen H. Neuharth said Tuesday that he will embark next month on a globe-circling ″JetCapade″ tour of more than 30 countries on six continents to report on ″the good and the bad and the glad and the sad″ among people around the world.
Neuharth said at a news conference at the headquarters of Gannett’s national newspaper, USA Today, that the trip will be an international sequel to the six-month ″BusCapade″ tour of the United States he made last year. He and a team of USA Today reporters will begin the new tour by visiting Central America and will wind up in September in Canada, he said.
Neuharth said USA Today will carry weekly reports on his tour starting Feb. 19. He said the reports also will be made available to Gannett’s 89 other daily newspapers, eight television stations and 16 radio stations.
″Our hope and our primary goal is to help people in this country get a better understanding of our friends and our adversaries around the world,″ Neuharth said.
The Neuharth group, traveling in Gannett’s Gulfstream corporate jet, will visit Central America, South America and Africa in February. From there it will go to the Middle East and India in March, and on to Asia and Pacific nations in April and May. It will visit Europe in June and July and the Soviet Union and Canada in August and September.
Neuharth, who said he would return to the United States periodically to conduct business, said the tour will cover more than 125,000 miles.
Neuharth also held a reception in this Washington, D.C., suburb for diplomats and Washington-based correspondents from the countries he plans to visit.
He said the tour also will promote USA Today’s overseas edition.
The newspaper has an estimated circulation of 40,5000 in Europe and Asia and says it has an average U.S. daily paid circulation of 1,586,242.