The Detroit News
is one of the two major newspapers in the U.S.
city of Detroit
. The paper began in 1873, when it rented space in the rival Free Press
's building. The News
absorbed the Detroit Tribune
on February 1, 1919, the Detroit Journal
on July 21, 1922, and on November 7, 1960, it bought and closed the faltering Detroit Times
. However, it retained the Times'
building which it used as a printing plant until 1967 when a new facility opened in Sterling Heights
and it was demolished. The street in downtown Detroit where the Times building once stood is still called "Times Square
." The Evening News Association, owner of The News
, merged with Gannett
in 1985.The News
claims to have been the first newspaper in the world to operate a radio
station, station 8MK, which went on the air August 20, 1920. 8MK is now WWJ
. In 1947, it established Michigan's first television station, WWJ-TV, now WDIV-TV
In 1989, the paper entered into a 100-year joint operating agreement
with the rival Free Press
, combining business operations while keeping separate editorial staffs. The combined company is called the Detroit Newspaper Partnership
. The Free Press
moved into The News
building in 1998 and until May 7, 2006, the two published a single joint weekend edition. Today The News
, which has won three Pulitzer Prizes, is published Monday-Saturday, and has an editorial page in the Sunday Free Press.
The Detroit News was founded by James......