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Las Vegas newspapers battling over joint operation

August 22, 2013 • Business


In this Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, Las Vegas Sun Publisher and Editor Brian Greenspun speaks in Las Vegas. Greenspun has accused the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal of trying to kill their cross-town rivalry with a bid to buy out his newspaper and Internet interests. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, File) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The publisher-editor of the Las Vegas Sun has accused the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal of trying to kill the cross-town rivalry with a bid to buy out his newspaper and Internet interests.

Sun Publisher Brian Greenspun alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas that an offer from Stephens Media LLC violates federal antitrust law and a 1989 joint operating agreement overseen by the U.S. Justice Department.

“The Review-Journal was a monopoly in 1950 when my parents started this newspaper,” Greenspun told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “They’ve been trying ever since to be a monopoly. My job is to keep the Las Vegas Sun as healthy as I can keep it, so southern Nevada has two competing and viable reportorial and editorial news products.”

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