Newsprint Deficit

Archive Report

Persistence of Supply and Price Problems

For fifteen years the paper on which newspapers are printed has risen steadily in cost and has been generally scarce. In 1956 newsprint requirements of American dailies and weeklies are running at an all-time high. Although both Canadian and American mills are operating at full capacity,1 demand again threatens to outstrip supply. The situation is tight and is likely to remain so.

Few commodities are more affected with a public interest than newsprint. Plentiful, fairly-priced supplies of what is “one of our most potent weapons” in the war of ideas with Russia are highly desirable.2 Since new price increases were announced last autumn, at least three congressional committees have indicated various degrees of concern about the newsprint situation; one has ...

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