The Press: Breaking Up Combines

The Justice Department last week made a proposition that will upset some big owners of newspapers and television stations. In a major policy statement, it urged the Federal Communications Commission to ban single ownership of daily papers and TV stations in the same city (there are now an estimated 83 such combinations in 78 cities). The department's antitrust division recommended that dual owners be given from five to eight years to unload one property or the other; it suggested that owners be allowed to trade papers or stations with those in other cities,...

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