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Re: NY Times Plans Major Job Cutback

Garrett Wollman (
Tue, 16 Jan 2007 03:15:33 UTC

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> With newspapers required to divest their TV stations, those stations
> descended to the level of the other stations in the market.

The Commission was very selective in which newspapers it forced out of
the TV business. The Cox family was never required to break up its
media empire in Atlanta, which included the /Journal-Constitution/,
the dominant local TV station (WSB-TV), radio, and the local incumbent
cableco. (Some of these assets have changed hands or otherwise been
restructured since 1996.) Lately it's been granting waivers left and
right, in the (probably correct) belief that the cross-ownership rules
could not today stand Constitutional muster, as it did in markets from
Los Angeles to Hartford where a Tribune TV station became
commonly-owned with a Times-Mirror newspaper when the two companies

Garrett A. Wollman   | The real tragedy of human existence is not that we are| nasty by nature, but that a cruel structural asymmetry
Opinions not those   | grants to rare events of meanness such power to shape
of MIT or CSAIL.     | our history. - S.J. Gould, Ten Thousand Acts of Kindness

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