The New York Times and ‘all the news that’s fit to print’

The New York Times was established on September 18, 1851, as The New York Daily Times. In 1857 the paper was renamed The New-York Times. In 1896 Adolph S. Ochs, the great-grandfather of the current chairman, bought the newspaper, changing its name to The New York Times (without the hyphen). Papers of The New York Times Company have won 110 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other media organization. The daily editions of The New York Times sell about 1.1 million copies and the Sunday editions 1.7 million. The company had a turnover of $3.1 billion in 2002. It publishes The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and 16 other newspapers. It owns eight regional television channels, two radio stations in the New York region and more than 40 websites. About 1,000 journalists work for The New York Times. The paper has three daily editions. The New York edition has between 64 and 160 pages. The Northeastern edition started in 1997. The national edition began publication in 1980. The Sunday edition has between 396 and 720 pages, and sometimes more. When Adolph S. Ochs died in 1935, in his will he reiterated the essence of his principles, setting a standard that The Times have tried to maintain since. The Times, he wrote, should be operated as «an independent newspaper, entirely fearless, devoted to the public welfare without regard to individual advantage or ambition, the claims of party politics or personal prejudice or predilection.» According to The Times, Ochs expressed hope that the paper’s editorial pages «may continue to reflect the best informed thought of the country, honest in every line, more than fair and courteous to those who may sincerely differ with its views,» that «its news columns may continue fairly to present, without recognizing friend or foe, the news of the day – ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ – and to present it impartially, reflecting all shades of opinion.»