Sunday, May 7, 2006

Members of Congress seek review of KR sale

Six members of Congress from the Bay Area asked the Justice Department on Friday (May 5) to "give careful consideration" to the antitrust implications of the planned sale of the Mercury News and other Knight Ridder newspapers to Dean Singleton's MediaNews, according to the Los Angeles Times. A letter to the DOJ sent by Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Michael M. Honda of San Jose, Ellen O. Tauscher of Alamo, George Miller of Martinez, Barbara Lee of Oakland and Anna G. Eshoo of Atherton. They said the deal "significantly heighten the concentration of media ownership and deprive readers in our districts of the quality and depth of news coverage that more varied ownership offers." [Chron: Antitrust review sought]

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