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Media: New Yorkers wake up to a splash of colour

The New York Times' crossed a rubicon yesterday, using colour on its front page for the first time in its history.

When it introduced colour on the fronts of inside sections on 15 September, the newspaper said that its front page would remain grey a bit longer, until the production staff got used to the process and editors had a really strong picture to run.

Yesterday's front page had two colour photographs: baseball star Tony Fernandez of the Cleveland Indians, and Attorney General Janet Reno.

Other New York papers have joined the international trend of adding colour. The Daily News started using colour photos on the first and last two pages of its weekday editions in September, and the New York Post introduced a colour pullout TV schedule. -- AP