SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 200 people gathered in Salt Lake City to protest a deal they say threatens the future of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Speakers at the "Save the Tribune" rally Saturday at the city-county building criticized changes made last fall to a joint operating agreement between Tribune owners and the rival Deseret News, owned by the Mormon church.
Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis and other speakers called on the U.S. Justice Department to invalidate the deal between the Deseret News and Digital First Media, which manages The Tribune and many other newspapers owned by Alden Global Capital.
He called it a blatant anti-trust violation that threatens to undermine the independent news voice of the 144-year-old Tribune. The agreement slashes The Tribune's share of joint operating revenues from 58 percent to 30 percent.
Deseret News Editor Paul Edwards says the JOA amendments implemented protections that preserve the independence of both newsrooms.