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THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY ANNOUNCES SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES

 THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY ANNOUNCES SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES
 NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Walter E. Mattson, president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company (AMEX: NYT), today was named vice chairman of the board. The board of directors also named Lance R. Primis as Mr. Mattson's successor. Mr. Primis has been president and general manager of The New York Times newspaper.
 The announcement was made following a board meeting by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, chairman and chief executive officer of the company.
 Mr. Sulzberger said that Mr. Mattson, 60, had wanted to retire early but was committed to serving the company as president until The Times's new automated color printing and distribution facility in Edison, N.J., opened this fall. He had been president and chief operating officer since 1979. Mr. Sulzberger also said that he, Mr. Mattson and Mr. Primis would participate fully in the company's activities as members of a new office of the chairman.
 Mr. Primis, 46, became president and general manager in 1988 and has been instrumental in planning many of the newspaper's business innovations. Previously he held a variety of sales and executive positions at the newspaper since joining it in 1969.
 The position of general manager and president of the newspaper temporarily will not be filled, said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times. In addition to the news and editorial departments, four business executives will report directly to Mr. Sulzberger Jr. They are: Russell T. Lewis and John M. O'Brien, both executive vice presidents and deputy general managers; William L. Pollak, executive vice president for sales and James A. Cutie, senior vice president for marketing.
 The senior Mr. Sulzberger said, "Walter Mattson has been a warm friend and a tower of strength and I shall miss him. Without his firm hand and keen understanding of all aspects of our business, we would have had far greater difficulty in weathering the economic downturn and would never be as satisfactorily positioned to ride the upturn as it comes. Our industry owes him enormous thanks for his dedication to journalism. He is, indeed, among the finest executives in our profession."
 Mr. Sulzberger continued, "We are fortunate to have Lance Primis in the wings. He is a highly seasoned newspaper executive who over the years has participated in many of the major decisions that have set the pace for our company. He understands people and thrives on quality -- two of the distinctive hallmarks of our company. We will be well served by his leadership in the years ahead."
 Mr. Mattson served in a number of executive positions since joining The Times in 1960 as assistant to the production manager. In 1970 he was named a vice president of the company; in 1972, senior vice president; and in 1974, executive vice president and general manager of The Times, responsible for all business operations of the newspaper.
 Before coming to The Times, Mr. Mattson worked in a number of roles in other newspapers and as a graphic arts consultant. He was chairman of the Advertising Council and the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and was on the board of the New York City Partnership. He currently serves on the boards of the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the National Commission for Cooperative Education, the National Council of Northeastern University and the Newspaper Association of America.
 Mr. Primis joined The Times in 1969 as a classified advertising sales representative and from that time until 1980 when he became director of advertising, he worked in every key management position in the advertising department. In 1981, Mr. Primis became vice president for advertising; in 1982, senior vice president for advertising; and in 1986 The Times's executive vice president and general manager.
 Mr. Primis is on the board of directors of the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the New York City Partnership. He is on the advisory board of the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
 The New York Times Company is a $1.7 billion communications company with four lines of business: newspapers, magazines, broadcasting/information services and forest products. In addition to The New York Times, the company publishes 31 regional newspapers; owns a one-half interest in the International Herald Tribune; publishes 18 magazines, including McCall's, Family Circle, Golf Digest and Tennis, and 11 special interest publications; operates five television stations, two radio stations, a news service and other information services, and has interests in two newsprint mills and one supercalendered paper mill.
 The company's Class A shares are traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol NYT.A.
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