The Daily News

The Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper founded in New York City in 1919. It is one of the oldest and largest daily newspapers in the United States, with a circulation of more than 1.5 million. It is known for its intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip and comics sections, and its strong political coverage. The paper is based in the historic Daily News Building at 220 East 42nd Street, designed by architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.

In 1975, The Daily News rolled out what would become its most famous headline in its then 56-year history. After President Gerald Ford delivered a speech the previous day in which he vetoed a bankruptcy bail-out for New York City, the front page read “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.” The Daily News had previously been a staunch Republican publication, but after this headline it began to shift to a more “flexibly centrist” stance and the paper became known as “the most New York you can get.”

Over the years, The Daily News has had its share of dark days. In 1978, the paper was hit hard by a multi-union strike. While the strike also impacted its main competitors, The New York Times and The New York Post, the Daily News saw its circulation plummet by 145,000 per day in its first two months of operation following the strike.

By 1990, the paper was losing money, and in an effort to cut costs it was announced that it would begin hiring non-union employees. The move didn’t go over well with its unions, who went on a five-month strike that caused the newspaper to lose $70 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of that year. The News was able to continue publishing by hiring replacement staff, but it was an embarrassing turn for the once-proud tabloid.

From 2000 to 2017, the paper was owned by Mortimer Zuckerman, who sank tens of millions of dollars into revamping the newspaper and its website in an attempt to revive its circulation. While the newspaper’s circulation has been slowly increasing since 2016, it remains below its peak circulation from decades ago.

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