1991 AP Story on Closing of UPI Operation in HX



Here's a May 6, 1991, story from The Associated Press on UPI closing its Chicago-based broadcast center:


WASHINGTON (AP) -- United Press International announced Monday that it is closing the Chicago base of its national broadcast news wire, firing the eight employees who ran it, and moving the operation to UPI headquarters in Washington.

UPI's national broadcast news wire, in operation since 1935, has been filed from Chicago since 1957.

"The shift leaves the overall number of UPI staff unchanged, with a total of eight positions created in Washington and New York City to offset the layoff of eight Chicago staffers who received notices today," said an announcement by the news service.

Spokesman Milt Capps said the eight persons dismissed in Chicago were not offered transfers to the new Washington operation. UPI already serves its newspaper and audio clients from Washington.

The consolidated wire and audio operations will be under R. Michael Aulabaugh, 45, vice president of UPI Broadcast Services. Howard Dicus, 37, was named news director for UPI Radio Networks, where he was a news anchor.

"Subscribers consider the broadcast wire and the audio service highly complementary," said Pieter VanBennekom, UPI's chief executive officer.

The UPI, which has been in financial difficulties for years, said recently it expects to announce new ownership later in May.

VanBennekom said UPI had considered closer links among print, broadcast script and audio services for several years and that "with new ownership of UPI in prospect, this is the moment for such an operational change."

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