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Albany Newspapers To Combine Operations

March 9, 1988

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The owner of the Albany Knickerbocker News, an afternoon daily with declining circulation, announced plans to combine it with the larger morning Times Union as a single all-day newspaper.

The Knickerbocker News will be discontinued on April 16, executives of Capital Newspapers, which operates both papers, said Tuesday. The company is a division of the Hearst Newspapers group.

William Clemens, general manager of Capital Newspapers, said demand for the Knickerbocker News was slumping and demand for the Times Union growing in an area that has five daily newspapers.

″We see our resources devoted in two different directions. We think the best way is to concentrate our resources in one paper,″ he said.

Clemens said company officials are still working on plans to combine the workforces of the newspapers, and don’t know yet how many employees may be affected.

The company declined to release current figures on its circulation and number of employees.

Audit Bureau of Circulations figures cited in Editor and Publisher International Yearbook show that the daily paid circulation of the Knickerbocker News was 30,699 on Sept. 29, 1986, compared with 89,049 for the Times Union.

Two years earlier, the ABC reported audited circulations of about 35,000 for the Knickerbocker News and 87,000 for the Times Union.

Company officials said there will be personnel reductions, but said they hope to minimize layoffs by depending on attrition and voluntary measures.

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