Phyllis Wheeler Bennett, at 74; launched weekly NH newspaper
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Ms. Bennett’s paper helped to defeat a proposal for an oil refinery in Durham.

In fall 1973, a weekly newspaper in southern New Hampshire that Phyllis Wheeler Bennett and her then-husband had just launched broke the story that a real estate broker was buying property on scenic Durham Point. According to rumors, the paper said, the land grab was for an oil refinery.

In an April 2014 speech to a historical association, Ms. Bennett recalled that “late one night, we received a call from a local attorney reporting that someone was repeatedly trying to option land from a number of his clients and the daily papers he contacted expressed no interest, so he called us.”

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News Corp. Revs Dip On Newspaper Declines
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Now entering its third year as an independent company, following its spinoff from Fox in June 2013, News Corporation is still struggling with the same long-term decline in print revenues affecting other newspaper publishers.

However, the company also noted positive trends in its digital real estate and book publishing businesses.

News Corp.’s total revenues fell 2% from $ 2.19 billion in the second quarter of 2014 to $ 2.14 billion in the second quarter of 2015 (the fourth quarter of its fiscal year). When the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations is excluded, total revenues were down 1%, due to the continuing drop in newspaper advertising and circulation revenues.

The company’s newspaper publishing revenues fell 10% from $ 1.56 billion to $ 1.4 billion over this period, as ad revenues tumbled 13% and circ slipped 5%; when the impact of currency fluctuations are excluded, total revenues were down 2%.

The newspaper slump was partially offset by growth in other areas, with bright spots including digital real estate revenue, which jumped 67% to $ 190 million, powered by the acquisition of Move. Book publishing revenues were also up 8% to $ 390 million, due principally to the acquisition of Harlequin.

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