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MediaNews Appeals Court Decision

February 27, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ The Salt Lake Tribune’s new owner has appealed a federal court decision that reversed changes it made to its joint operating agreement with the rival Deseret News.

Monday’s appeal came after a brief hearing in which U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell said she stood by last week’s ruling that it was improper for MediaNews Group Inc. to remove Tribune publisher Dominic Welch and chief operating officer Randy Frisch from the board of the Newspaper Agency Corp., which controls the printing and distribution of both papers.

Denver-based MediaNews, which owns The Denver Post and 46 other newspapers, bought the Tribune in January for $200 million and immediately put chief executive officer W. Dean Singleton and chief financial officer Jody Lodovic in Welch’s and Frisch’s place.

Campbell ruled that the Tribune managers’ contract allows them to continue to manage both the editorial and production aspects of the paper despite the sale to MediaNews.


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