Postal Rate Commission sides with business publishers

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Washington—The Postal Rate Commission Friday denied a complaint filed by publishers Conde Nast, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Time Warner and TV Guide that contended the current rate structure for periodicals is unlawful.

The commission agreed with American Business Media and McGraw-Hill Cos. that the existing structure is not unlawful but said it could be improved.

McGraw-Hill and ABM presented testimony from Crain Communications Inc., publisher of BtoB; Hanley Wood; McGraw-Hill; and VNU to support their position.

The companies contended that had the complaint gone through, it would have had a substantially adverse impact on small publications.

Gordon Hughes, ABM president-CEO, hailed the decision in a statement.

The complaint was filed in January 2004.

—Carol Krol

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