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Owners weigh changes to Ledger, sister operations

12-5-13

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The publisher of the Star-Ledger says New Jersey’s largest newspaper, its online business and its sister publications need to find ways to work together more effectively.

Publisher Richard Vezza says in an interview with the paper (http://bit.ly/18bTeyd) “we need to find a different direction” as the Ledger faces millions in losses again this year.

He says the New Jersey operations of privately owned Advance Publications suffer from “channel conflict.”

Besides the Ledger and NJ.com, Advance operates The Jersey Journal, The Times of Trenton, the South Jersey Times and seven weeklies.

Vezza says Advance is not looking to reduce the frequency of printing and home delivery as has been done at some other properties.

But he says it will look at everything else, from combining sales forces to how news operations are organized.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com