Title

Bargaining for Monopoly: The Joint Operating Arrangement between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Antitrust Bulletin

Volume

48

Publication Date

2003

First Page

33

Last Page

52

Abstract

In January 2001, the U.S. Attorney General approved the application submitted by the E. W. Scripps Company, publisher of Denver's Rocky Mountain News (News), and MediaNews Group, Inc., publisher of the Denver Post (Post), to unite the two newspapers under a joint operating arrangement (JOA). Scripps is the eighth largest newspaper publisher in the nation and the News is one of the Scripps/ most widely circulated papers. MediaNews Group, owner of the Post, is the seventh largest newspaper company in the United States. The JOA allows the News and the Post jointly to set their prices, including circulation and advertising rates, to combine their newspaper production and distribution operations, and to share the profits of cooperation while at the same time preserving the independence of their respective news reporting an editorial departments.

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