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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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April 23, 2008 3:25 PM

Newsday & Murdoch

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has emerged as the likely buyer of Tribune's Newsday, which is on Long Island. I am writing about this for my Friday column and will also bang out an editorial.

Below are some links to stories about the proposed sale of Long Island's Newsday to News Corporation.

The New York Times had two stories, one about the sale and another story about the hurdles the deal might face before the Federal Communications Commission.

Broadcasting & Cable also went at the story from the FCC angle.

Newsday had reaction from local officials, and Editor & Publisher quotes Robert Picard a media economist who says the deal raises antitrust questions.

Curious as to what readers think about the News Corporation owning Newsday? I oppose the deal. The deal would give News Corporation an unprecedented reach in one of the nation's most important media markets. Murdoch would own two television stations, the New York Post, Newsday, and the Wall Street Journal.

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