SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of former employees of The Salt Lake Tribune say the new terms of a joint operating agreement the newspaper is in with the Deseret News threaten to undermine the Tribune's independent news voice.
The group has sent a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice to review the recently-revised agreement between Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers.
Under the revised 6-decade-old agreement, the Deseret News bought the Tribune's share of a printing plant. The newspaper, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will get 70 percent of profits up from 32 percent before.
The group argues in the letter that the new terms give too much control to the LDS church. They say Utah needs the Tribune to be free of influence from the church.