Re: NY Times Plans Major Job Cutback

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 merged.

-- 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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