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By Rosemary Pollock

Tribune Wins Round in Ownership Lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The ball is now in the court of MediaNewsGroup Inc. in the last volley of legal actions by U.S. District Judge, Tena Campbell, who ruled in favor of the Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune claims that two of their managers should not have been removed from their positions in the Newspaper Agency Corp. which acts as the business arm of the Tribune and its joint operating agreement (JOA) partner, The Deseret News.

The MediaNewsGroup closed the $200 million purchase of the Tribune last month and replaced Tribune Publisher Dominic Welch and General Manager Randy Frisch with its own appointees to the agency. The newspaper group then rewrote a long-standing JOA between the Tribune and its rival, The Deseret News. The Tribune protested and took their new owner to court.

"It gives us the ability to return to running the Newspaper Agency Corp. and the Tribune as we did for the last 3 1/2 years," Frisch said. "and it gives us the ability to protect the Tribune assets, the Tribune employees and the NAC employees as we have done." The NAC controls the shared printing, advertising, distribution and other day-to-day operations of the papers.

The NAC and it's management have had a long standing point of contention with the Tribune, who has a 135,000 circulation and the afternoon News. Welch and Frisch have blocked moving the publication to the morning. Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews has agreed to make the change along with The Deseret News who has a 65,000 circulation. The switch is expected to take place this fall.

MediaNewsGroup Inc. has said it will appeal parts of the ruling to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. "It is chock full of reversible error," Singleton said.


Judge rules MediaNews must back off rewritten JOA
MSNBC (AP) 26Feb01 B4
Associated Press

Judge Rules Removals a Mistake in Salt Lake
Editor &Publisher 22Feb01 B4
By Lucia Moses
Says Trib Managers Should Have Retained Agency Roles

Tribune Managers Win Injunction
Salt Lake Tribune 22Feb01 B4
By Kristen Moulton: Salt Lake Tribune


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