February 1984 presstime Items on UPI

Here are three items from the February 1984 issue of presstime regarding UPI:



The Times Mirror Co., and United Press International have signed a long-term, multimillion-dollar" contract in which UPI will provide a variety of news, photo and feature services to all seven Times Mirror daily newspapers.

The parties would not specify the dollar amount or term of the contract. However, UPI spokesman William K. Adler said it is the "biggest newspaper agreement in our history."

In the past, UPI served all but two of the papers, The Advocate of Stamford, Conn., and Greenwich (Conn.) Time, but a third Times Mirror daily -- The Denver Post -- had been involved in a dispute with UPI and last year canceled the service prior to expiration of a five-year contract (presstime, April 1983, p. 52)

Under the new contract, service has been restored to the Post and extended to The Advocate and the Time.

Another newspaper that dropped its service in mid-contract, The Dallas Morning News -- a competitor to the Times Mirror-owned Dallas Times-Herald -- also settled its differences with UPI by agreeing to subscribe to UPI "for some portion" of 1984, according to an attorney for the newspaper.

The Morning News' decision to cancel UPI services had prompted UPI to sue the newspaper, seeking a declaratory judgment to enforce the contract. The new agreement was part of an out-of-court settlement of that action, the newspaper's attorney said.

UPI's Adler said the wire service, seeking to reverse a long period of financial loss, still expects to reach a break-even point in the first half of the year (presstime, Sept. 1983, p. 49)


A group of former management and administrative employees has filed a lawsuit alleging that United Press International engaged in age discrimination a year ago when it dismissed them.

The class-action suit, which seeks reinstatement, back pay and benefits, was filed Jan. 6 with U.S. District Judge Abraham D. Sofaer in the Southern District of New York.

There are 14 named plaintiffs and 42 other people who are members of the class, according to one of their attorneys, John L. Van Horne.

The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act covers employees between the ages of 40 and 70.

A spokesman for the wire service said the case "has no merit. UPI does not discriminate on the basis of age."

The suit grows out of actions tied to a company reorganization in which a number of positions were eliminated (presstime, March 1983, p. 49).


The Associated Press was not the first news agency to distribute news by teleprinter in China, as was reported in the December issue of presstime, p. 15. United Press International and the AP reached agreement with Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, simultaneously last Sept. 30.

Presstime regrets the error.