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NEW YORK TIMES ANCHORS NAMED FOR NEW YORK CLOSE-UP

 NEW YORK TIMES ANCHORS NAMED FOR NEW YORK CLOSE-UP
 NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Times (AMEX: NYT.A)


journalists Sam Roberts and Joyce Purnick have been named as anchors for New York Close-Up, a nightly public affairs program on New York 1 News, Time Warner's all-news cable channel. It will debut on New York City cable systems on September 8. The announcement was made jointly today by New York 1 News and The New York Times.
 New York Close-up will be produced by New York 1 News in association with The New York Times. It will be shown from 11:15 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday evenings, providing analyses of important New York City issues.
 Paul Sagan, vice president of news and programming for New York 1 News, said, "Sam Roberts and Joyce Purnick are among the best informed journalists on New York City issues and we're privileged to have them anchoring the program."
 Roberts, urban affairs columnist for The New York Times, will anchor the program Monday through Thursday nights; and Purnick, a member of The Times's editorial board, will anchor the program on Sundays. The program also will feature a panel of journalists from The Times and New York 1 News as well as newsworthy guests.
 Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times, said, "Both Sam and Joyce are born and bred New Yorkers. They will bring to the show what they have brought for years to our readers: their expertise, insights and experience in covering the metropolitan area."
 Roberts became a columnist for The New York Times in 1987. Previously, he was the newspaper's deputy metropolitan editor. Before joining The Times in 1983, he was city editor of The New York Daily News. Roberts was born and reared in Brooklyn.
 Purnick joined The Times's editorial board in 1989. Previously she was the newspaper's urban affairs correspondent, City Hall bureau chief and a general assignment reporter. Before joining The Times in 1979, she was a political columnist for New York magazine and a political reporter for the New York Post. She was born and reared in Queens.
 Purnick and Roberts will combine their new responsibilities as co-anchors of New York Close-up with their current work at The Times.
 New York 1 News will be carried on Channel 1 on the following cable systems in New York City: Manhattan Cable Television, Paragon Cable Manhattan, Brooklyn Queens Cable, American Cablevision of Queens, Queens Inner Unity Cable System, and Staten Island Cable. Together, these systems serve more than 885,000 households.
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