The Electrical World, November 4, 1893, page 362:
Telephone Newspaper.--The "Zeit. fuer Elek.," for Oct. 1, contains an interesting technical description by the late Mr. Puskas, of Budapest, of his novel "Telephonic Newspaper," which was mentioned in the Digest, March 18. This new application of the telephone, which consists in sending news by telephone from one central station to any number of subscribers, was successfully put into use in the city of Budapest, and appears to be still used. He claims that even the modern newspapers do not give the news sufficiently quickly; in his system all the time required in writing, composing, printing and distributing is saved, and all news is transmitted by telephone the moment it is received. As most of the news requires only a few minutes, it is repeated from hour to hour, the "history of the past hour" being added each time. Any subscriber to the regular municipal telephone company can be connected at any time with this news distributing centre. When a listener has finished he hangs up his telephone, which automatically disconnects him from the news station and connects him again with the regular station; the distribution of news begins at the beginning of each hour. The arrangement is such that when connected with the news centre it is not possible for a subscriber to talk or ring his bell, and in that way to disturb the transmission of the news, willfully or otherwise; if it were not for this all the telephones might be connected in multiple to the single induction coil of a transmitter, instead of this, however, the arrangement which he adopts is to have a separate primary and secondary coil for each subscriber, all the primaries being connected in series with the single transmitter; he prefers this arrangement, although they may also be connected in multiple or in series multiple, or there may be several, say ten, transmitters all of which are operated by one speaker, and each of which has ten induction coils, thus supplying 100 subscribers; whenever several are connected in multiple arc the sound in each one will be less the more subscribers there are connected, besides which, two subscribers could then talk with each other, thus interfering with the transmission; it is evident that in his arrangement either grounded circuits or metallic circuits or both can be used; each subscriber's circuit contains an annunciator, which announces that he wishes to be cut off without requiring the ringing of a bell which would interfere with the transmission; instead of speaking the news into a transmitter, he suggests that it might be first inscribed on a phonograph, and then transcribed from it.