Philadelphia Journal

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The Philadelphia Journal was a tabloid newspaper published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from December 5, 1977 until December 15, 1981.


Jacques Beauchamp was the initial editor and said that the paper devoted 25-26 pages in each edition to sports;[1] the paper typically ran to about 60 pages total.[citation needed]

According to an obituary for owner Pierre Peladeau in the New York Times, the venture lost $15 million.[2] A United Press International article, published when the tabloid ceased publication, cited its circulation at that time as 105,000.[citation needed]

According to the Associated Press wire service, the decision to close the paper followed the unions'[which?] rejection of management's demand to save $3 million annually by laying off 43 of the 157 employees, and wage concessions. Quebecor, the paper's owner, intended to convert the tabloid to an all-sports format if the savings were realized.[2]

Originally, Peledeau told Time Magazine he hoped to expand his sensationalist, sports-oriented paper to other cities, such as Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Los Angeles but none of this came about.[3](subscription required)

About a month after the Journal ceased publishing, the Philadelphia Bulletin also ceased publication, leaving the city with only one newspaper owner and two titles—The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.


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