Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Inquirer publisher calls for changes in law

Brian P. Tierney, publisher of The Inquirer, told a congressional subcommittee yesterday that antitrust laws need to be loosened for newspapers if the industry is to reinvent itself.
Current laws are so restricting, Tierney said, that publishers from different cities are unable to discuss possible joint business ventures that ultimately could help keep separate and editorially independent newspapers running.

"I've never seen an industry so fearful of cooperation," Tierney said. "We really need help. We don't need subsidies. We need a little room to move."


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