Right-wing corporate voice snuffed by ADN

Anchorage newspaper to cease publishing VECO-owned the Voice of the Times

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Daily News announced Wednesday that it would stop publishing a daily half-page editorial section paid for by the top officer of VECO Corp.

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VECO CEO Bill Allen on Monday pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges.

Allen was the last owner of The Anchorage Times. He was informed of the decision to cease publication of the Voice of the Times last week, Anchorage Daily News publisher Mike Sexton said in a statement.

The contract between the Voice of the Times and the Daily News expires this month.

It was not immediately known when the last Voice of the Times would be published.

By contract, executed when The Anchorage Times went out of business in 1992, Allen had complete control over what the Voice of the Times published in the space, for which he paid production costs.

The initial 10-year contract was renewed in 2002 for five years.

"We believe the arrangement added to diversity of debate and discussion in Alaska but have intended for some time to move beyond it to embrace an even greater range of opinion," Sexton said in a written statement.

"The Voice of The Times begins the final three weeks of its arrangement with the Anchorage Daily News by expressing appreciation to the publisher and editorial staff of the Daily News, with whom we have enjoyed cordial and highly professional relationships throughout all of these 15 years," it said in a prepared statement.

It also said while its days as part of the newsprint industry were ending the "Voice of the times would live on." Calls left at the Voice of the Times' office and with editors were not immediately returned Wednesday.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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