Tribune gets slapped again in court for gross antitrust violations

Posted by Mitchell - March 28, 2005 (entry 293)

Two articles -- one published in the Manchester Journal of Connnecticut, the other in the Tribune of Chicago -- review a judicial victory for media activists. Namely, a judge in Connecticut ordered the Tribune company to divest one of its illegally-held TV stations in Connecticut. Granted, it's not an antitrust suit against the Trib, but it's a start.

In fact, deconsolidation has now evidently become something of a trend. And what's more, there's going to be a conference in Urbana in May devoted to the very topic of media concentration.

The Tribune, unwilling to do something as vile and yellow-bellied as obeying the law, foams with utter contempt and vows to fight the ruling, saying that they'll eventually win (gosh, where oh where have I heard that before?). In the meantime, the Tribune company will still rake in a pretty penny and use their ill-gotten profits to fund their army of lawyers to change the law rather than obey it.

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