Friday, September 16, 2005
Joshua Claybourn posted the following query on the Indiana Barrister:
"[M]ore than 10 years ago the two major newspapers began a formal sharing in which each would send the other their next day's front pages. The sharing allegedly began as a courtesy between Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and former Times Executive Editor Joseph Lelyveld. The sharing between the famous competitors raises an interesting legal question that no one has appeared to ask yet - is this agreement a violation of antitrust laws?"
Without knowing more, my intitial reaction is that sharing stories in this fashion would not violate the antitrust laws. It is not clear how this activity, as described, would have adversely affected competition and market price. My guess is that the practice was a way of assuring some degree of diversity in news reporting and to ensure that one paper did not look too much like the other. Any thoughts on possible antitrust violations?