Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News
The paper's October 30, 2008 front page
Type Daily newspaper Format Tabloid Owner Philadelphia Media Network Publisher Gregory Osberg Editor Larry Platt Founded March 31, 1925 Headquarters 400 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101 United States
Circulation 97,694 Sister newspapers The Philadelphia Inquirer Official website philly.com
The Philadelphia Daily News is a tabloid newspaper that serves Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The newspaper is owned by Philadelphia Media Holdings which also owns Philadelphia's other major newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Daily News began publishing on March 31, 1925, under founding editor Lee Ellmaker. By 1930 the newspaper's circulation exceeded 200,000, but by the 1950s the news paper was losing money. In 1954 the newspaper was sold to Matthew McCloskey and then sold again in 1957 to publisher Walter Annenberg. In 1969 Annenberg sold the Daily News to Knight Ridder. In 2006 Knight Ridder sold the paper to a group of local investors. The Daily News has won the Pulitzer Prize three times. It is currently published as an edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Philadelphia Daily News began publishing on March 31, 1925, under founding editor Lee Ellmaker. In its early years, it was dominated by crime stories, sports and sensationalism. By 1930, daily circulation of the morning paper exceeded 200,000. Circulation dropped over the years, and by 1954, the money-losing paper was sold to Matthew McCloskey, a contractor and treasurer of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In December 1956, the paper's financial condition was so bad that McCloskey got permission from the unions for a 90 percent cut in the workforce.
In 1969, Annenberg sold both papers to Knight Newspapers Inc., which eventually became Knight Ridder following a merger. Under the new ownership, the Daily News returned to morning publication and aimed to be taken more seriously. The paper's journalists have won the Pulitzer Prize three times. Richard Aregood won in 1985 for editorial writing, Signe Wilkinson won for her editorial cartoons in 1992 and Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman won in 2010 for investigating reporting for their "Tainted Justice" series focusing on the alleged misdeeds of a rogue narcotics squad.
The paper continues to struggle financially (It was surpassed in circulation, but not readership, by the free daily Metro). When the sale of Knight Ridder to The McClatchy Company was announced in March 2006, there were rumors that McClatchy would close the Daily News. However, in May, before the sale was finalized, it was announced that the Inquirer and Daily News would be re-sold to Philadelphia Media Holdings L.L.C., a local group led by advertising executive Brian Tierney and co-founder of the Toll Brothers homebuilding firm, Bruce Toll. The deal became official on June 29, 2006. The group intended to strengthen the online presence of both papers, and began an extensive ad campaign.
Falling circulation and ad revenue caused Philadelphia Media Holdings to make the Daily News into an edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Without making any other changes to the Daily News, making it part of The Inquirer would combine the circulation numbers of both papers by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. The idea is to make the newspapers more attractive to advertisers. On April 14, 2010 Brian Tierney announced that the Daily News will launch a weekend edition in October. The weekend edition's content will be similar to the daily edition, but will have features that will not be time sensitive and be able to be read anytime during the week. In early 2009, debts from buying the newspapers forced Philadelphia Newspapers LLC into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy was the beginning of a year long dispute between Philadelphia Media Holdings and creditors. The group of creditors, which include banks and hedge funds, wanted to take control of Philadelphia Newspapers LLC themselves and oppose efforts by Philadelphia media Holdings to keep control. Philadelphia Media Holdings received support from most of the paper's unions and launched a public relations campaign to promote local ownership. A bankruptcy auction was held on April 28, 2010. The group of lending creditors and a group of local investors allied with Brian Tierney both bid for Philadelphia Newspapers, but the lenders had the winning bid. The lenders' company, Philadelphia Media Network, took control later that year.
George Fencl Award
The George Fencl Award, named in honor of Philadelphia Police Officer George Fencl, is given by the Daily News to a Philadelphia Police Officer who exemplifies compassion, fairness, and civic commitment. The award was first given in 1986.
Year Rank Name District/Division 1986 Captain David Morrell 26th District, Commanding Officer 1987 Officer Wiley L. Redding 35th District, Community Relations 1988 Officer Joe Donato 19th District 1989 Captain Al Lewis 22nd District, Commanding Officer 1990 Lieutenant Jose Manuel Melendez East Division, Community Interaction Task Force 1991 Captain George Fenzil Traffic Unit, Commanding Officer 1992 Lieutenant Stephen Johnson Police Conflict-Prevention and Resolution Unit, Commanding Officer 1993 Officer Edwin "Bo" Diaz 26th District, Community Relations 1994 Captain Arthur Durrant 26th District, Commanding Officer 1995 Officer James Perkins 2nd District 1996 Officer Joseph Dembeck 14th District 1997 Officer Brenda Robinson-Stowe 16th District, Mounted Officer 1998 Captain William Colarulo 25th District, Commanding Officer 1999 Officer Bernard Turner 22nd District 2000 Chief Inspector Dexter Green Special Operations Unit, Commanding Officer 2001 Deputy Commissioner Sylvester Johnson Patrol, Narcotics, Detectives, and Special Operations, Commanding Officer 2002 Captain William Fisher Civil Affairs Unit, Commanding Officer 2003 Officer Ruth McNatte 16th District, Community Relations 2004 Chief Inspector James Tiano Community Affairs Bureau, Commanding Officer 2005 Officer Darlene Chapman-Cummings Anti-Drug Program: DARE 2006 Officer AnnaMae Law 26th District 2007 Sergeant Kimberly Byrd Chief of Staff 2008 Captain Kevin Bethel 17th District, Commanding Officer 2009 Officer Adrian Hospedale 12th District 2010 Officer Richard "Butch" Riddick 12th District
Sportsperson of the Year
- 2008 – Brad Lidge, Philadelphia Phillies
- 2009 – Jay Wright, Villanova Wildcats basketball coach
- 2010 – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
- Richard Aregood, 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
- John Baer
- Bill Conlin
- Pete Dexter, columnist
- Ray Didinger
- Howard Eskin
- Brad Guigar, cartoonist
- Phil Jasner
- Gar Joseph
- Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
- Chuck Stone, columnist, 1972 - 1991
- Signe Wilkinson, 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
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- ^ Brubaker, Harold; Joseph N. DiStefano (May 23 2006). "Local group buys Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- ^ Davies, Dave (March 2 2009). "Daily News to be labeled edition of Inquirer; no change to content, staff". Philly.com.
- ^ Van Allen, Peter (April 13, 2010). "Philadelphia Daily News to launch a weekend edition in fall". Philadelphia Business Journal. http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2010/04/12/daily12.html. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (February 22, 2009). "Philadelphia Newspapers Seeking Bankruptcy". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/business/media/23philly.html?ref=media. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- ^ Denvir, Daniel (September 03 2009). "Local Flavor". Columbia Journalism Review. http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/local_flavor.php.
- ^ Hepp, Christopher K.; Harold Brubaker (April 28 2010). "Phila. Newspapers sold to lenders". The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20100428_Bidding_finally_begins_to_Inquirer__Daily_News_and_Philly_com.html.
- ^ Glover, Sarah J. (3 June 2010). "Fencl Award winners over the years". Philly.com. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Philadelphia Daily News. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/multimedia/BC89768108001.html. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
- ^ a b c For complete article, scroll down below the advertisements and also click on links to pages 2, 3, and 4. Kern, Mike (December 30, 2009). "Daily News Sportsperson of the Year: Villanova's Jay Wright". philly.com. http://articles.philly.com/2009-12-30/sports/24988749_1_jimmy-rollins-phillies-chase-utley. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
- ^ "Daily News' Sportsperson of the Year". Philadelphia Media Network. December 29, 2010. http://www.philly.com/philly/photos/sports_photos/112645334.html. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
- ^ 2010 Daily News Sportsperson of the Year. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
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