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Ex-NY Times publisher 'Punch' Sulzberger dies

9:28 AM, Sep 30, 2012   |    comments
Allison Cowles and Arthur Sulzberger Sr. attend a party hosted by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. publisher of the New York Times at the Frederick P. Rose Hall August 30, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Bowers/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger has died at age 86.

The newspaper reports that his family says Sulzberger died Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y., after a long illness. He had retired in 1992 after three decades at the paper's helm and was succeeded by his son, Arthur Jr.

Sulzberger's family has controlled the newspaper since his grandfather Adolph Ochs acquired it in 1896.

The company has struggled in recent years but during Sulzberger's tenure it reached new levels of influence and profit.

The paper received more than 30 Pulitzer Prizes and won a historic 1964 legal ruling that strengthened First Amendment protections for the press.

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