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Boston Globe, Herald strike deal on distribution; editorial functions to remain separate
BOSTON (AP) ' The Boston Herald has reached a deal with the rival Boston Globe to print and distribute its editions in the Boston area as the tabloid daily plans to lay off about 50 drivers and other personnel.
The newspapers announced Sunday (http://bit.ly/AhG0Xq ) that the arrangement will start Jan. 23. Financial terms haven't been disclosed.
All other business functions of the newspapers will remain separate, including newsgathering.
Herald Publisher Patrick Purcell says the arrangement makes financial sense and lets the newspapers "serve our readers and advertisers with a distinct voice."
The Herald says (http://bit.ly/Ao2X3q ) the arrangement saves about 30 other jobs.
Globe Publisher Christopher Mayer calls it "an advantageous business opportunity," particularly since the distribution areas overlap. A Globe subsidiary already distributes some copies of the Herald.