Besides Rupert, keep an eye on the NYT and Tribune Co
.: Hub Blog loves how media moguls say, oh, well, er, uhm, they really won’t do much once/if the cross-ownership ban
is lifted -- while they wage a full-court press to have it lifted. .... The more I read about lifting the ban, the more doubts I have about it for monopolistic reasons. Glaringly obvious point: These guys aren’t concerned about ‘choice’ or ‘quality.' It’s more about their ‘options,' i.e. expanding their power and profits. The latter I don't mind. The former is what I'm worried about. ... Lots of attention has been heaped on the possibility of Rupert repurchasing the Herald. Actually, I wouldn’t mind if he did. Nothing against Pat Purcell. He’s been a great local owner. But the Rupe has deep pockets -- and it will probably ensure the Herald’s survival well into the future. So that's a point in favor of changing the rule. ... But also keep an eye on the NYT’s local chess moves. And, as the last sentence in the Globe story indicates, keep an eye on the Chicago-based Tribune Co., owner of Channel 56 and other TV stations and newspapers across the nation (LA Times, Hartford Courant, Newsday etc.) ... Here’s the Christian Science Monitor’s
overview piece on the issue. ...