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UPI NAMES VETERAN NEWS EXECUTIVE EUROPEAN VP

 UPI NAMES VETERAN NEWS EXECUTIVE EUROPEAN VP
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- United Press International,


stepping up its program to emerge from bankruptcy and attract new investment, today announced the appointment of Carel van Ditshuizen as vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
 Van Ditshuizen, 51, is past chairman of an alliance of 26 European press agencies, a former member of the board of directors of the European Press Photo Agency, past chairman of the International Press Telecommunications Council in London and the former managing director of the National News Agency of the Netherlands (ANP).
 Van Ditshuizen, who will be based in London, will direct UPI's operations in the Europe-Middle East-Africa division. He replaces Robert Goldner.
 The appointment was announced by Pieter VanBennekom, chief executive officer and president of the global news service.
 "Van Ditshuizen is an outstanding manager and we believe his broad experience with European news media and knowledge of their needs will further strengthen UPI as the company prepares to reorganize and seek equity partners," VanBennekom said.
 The 84-year-old news service filed on Aug. 28 for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors under federal bankruptcy law. A bankruptcy judge scheduled a hearing for Dec. 6 in New York on UPI's request to set aside its current contract with the Wire Service Guild.
 VanBennekom said UPI's primary focus now is to achieve break even by the end of the year. Once that is achieved, he said, the company will be more attractive to potential investors.
 In addition to streamlining operations to reduce costs while maintaining editorial quality, VanBennekom said UPI is developing new services. The first was unveiled last week -- a facsimile-delivered news service called UPI-FaxNEWS for broadcast stations in smaller markets.
 UPI is also developing a new, economical service for newspapers and has made its highly acclaimed newsphotos available on per image basis to complement its around-the-clock satellite-delivered photo and graphics service.
 "This is all designed to position the company for a successful reorganization," VanBennekom said. "Then we will be in a better situation to attract investment capital or a buyer."
 Van Ditshuizen was managing director of the National News Agency in the Netherlands from 1978 to earlier this year. Previously, he was managing director of a regional newspaper, a marketing executive and a reporter and foreign editor. In addition to his other European news agency posts, he was a member of the UNESCO mission to Kuwait to help re-establish the National News Agency of Kuwait after the Gulf War.
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