“But Robin Feldman, a law professor at UC Hastings in San Francisco who teaches antitrust courses, said the Justice Department’s role “is to ensure that competition survives even when the industry is under siege.”
“A critical question in such cases, Feldman said, is whether the proposed owner was the only bidder. In this case, Tribune Publishing outbid another newspaper chain, Digital First Media, which owns some smaller newspapers in Southern California, and an investment group headed by Freedom Communications’ chief executive, Rich Mirman.”
“‘If it’s a matter of pure survival, it’s better to have one newspaper than none,’ Feldman said. ‘That’s different than if there’s a choice between one big consolidated press organization and two smaller ones.’”
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