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Sign proposal sparks brief uproar at newspapers

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s approval Friday of a sign for The Philadelphia Inquirer on the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store at Eighth and Market Streets unleashed a brief uproar over the status of the Daily News under the new owners of Philadelphia Media Network.

The Philadelphia Historical Commission's approval Friday of a sign for The Philadelphia Inquirer on the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store at Eighth and Market Streets unleashed a brief uproar over the status of the Daily News under the new owners of Philadelphia Media Network.

The historical commission decision involved a Market Street entrance to the headquarters of the media company, not the corner of Ninth and Market, where the company plans a digital display. KYW radio initially reported on its website that "only the Inquirer's name will be featured on the marquee" and not that of the Daily News.

"The bottom line is that all three brands are going to be prominently displayed on that external space," Greg Osberg, chief executive of the media company, said.

Osberg said the company was still negotiating with its landlord, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, over some of the signs, but was told by the historical commission that it could only display one brand above a canopy on Market Street.

Daily News editor Larry Platt said employees in his newsroom were satisfied.

"There will be plenty of Daily News signage. That's all people cared about, that the new owners are still behind the Daily News," he said.

Contact Harold Brubaker at 215-854-4651 or hbrubaker@phillynews.com.

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