‚ÄúThis deal means more media consolidation and fewer independent voices, and it specifically impacts the local market in New York City,‚ÄĚ Copps said. He added: ‚ÄúWe should immediately conduct a careful factual and legal analysis of the transaction to determine how it implicates specific FCC rules and our overarching statutory obligation to protect the public interest.‚ÄĚ
Meanwhile, there is speculation that Murdoch may want to name Times of London Editor Robert Thomson to a senior role at the Journal, according to a report in today‚Äôs Journal. Under the terms of the editorial independence agreement that is part of the deal, Murdoch has the ability to appoint his own publisher for the Journal. But the newspaper quoted a person familiar with the situation as saying that Murdoch has no intention of replacing any of the senior management.