Tribune appeals FCC ruling


Tribune said that it will appeal the federal action that cleared the way for its $8.2 billion buyout but denied its request for indefinite waivers of rules against owning newspaper and broadcast properties in the same market.

Tribune said it filed the appeal Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. The legal action had been expected since the Nov. 30 ruling by the FCC.

The FCC's rejection of Tribune's request for indefinite waivers of cross-ownership rules affects numerous markets where the company owns both newspapers and broadcast stations. By challenging the order, the company gets an automatic extension of current waivers lasting for at least two years and up to six months after the legal case ends.