Commissioner Pai Statement on Tribune Waiver Order
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:November 16, 2012
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI ON TRIBUNE WAIVER ORDER
While my preference would have been for the Media Bureau to grant the Tribune Company
permanent waivers from the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule in the New York, Los
Angeles, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, and Hartford-New Haven markets, I am nonetheless pleased
with today’s Order. It facilitates the company’s exit from bankruptcy, grants Tribune a
permanent waiver in the Chicago market, and allows the company to maintain its newspaper-
broadcast combinations in the four other markets so that they may be examined under the new
rule we are likely to adopt later this year. Given the financial conditions confronting the
newspaper industry, we should be applauding companies that continue to operate daily
newspapers rather than saddling them with artificial and outdated regulatory burdens.
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