NEW YORK -- United Press International moved its world headquarters to new $2.5 million facilities Sunday in the New York Daily News Building.
After 50 years of operations on the 11th and 12th floors in the mid-Manhattan building, the news service transferred its news, newspictures, broadcast, marketing, area communications, promotion and general excutive offices to the 13th and 14th floors.
The massive move involved about 400 people.
UPI ceased transmissions from the 12th floor news room at 2:50 a.m. EDT. Within three hours, UPI was back on the wires with a dispatch from Jerusalem on the arrival of U.S. presidential envoy Philip Habib.
UPI, which will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding next year, signed a 15-year lease with the Daily News.
For 24 years, then United Press operated in the New York World building at the Manhattan entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge. On April 25, 1931, UP moved into the just-completed Daily News building at 220 E. 42nd St. The bureau address remains the same but the new headquarters telephone number is changed to (212) 850-8600.