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Antitrust Problems in the Newspaper Industry

Keith Roberts
Harvard Law Review
Vol. 82, No. 2 (Dec., 1968), pp. 319-366
DOI: 10.2307/1339229
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1339229
Page Count: 48
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Antitrust Problems in the Newspaper Industry
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Abstract

The small number or absence of competing daily newspapers in most cities has aroused both accusations that news is controlled and counterassertions that newspaper monopoly is often desirable or economically compelled. Mr. Roberts believes that the prevailing scarcity of new entrants into the industry is undesirable and can be attributed in large part to a variety of anticompetitive practices, ranging from vertical restrictions placed by newspapers on distributors, to refusal by wire and feature services to accommodate new newspapers, and horizontal agreements to share physical plants and management departments. He concludes that opportunities to compete will benefit greatly from vigorous enforcement of the antitrust laws and from recent advances in printing technology, which can substantially reduce publishing costs and enhance circulation.

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