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DOJ to Examine How Online Advertising Affects Local TV

January 30, 2019 / TED JOHNSON

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division will hold a two-day workshop to look at how online advertising affects the competitive landscape for local TV stations.That is potentially significant for broadcasters, who argue that the competition from tech giants should be weighed as regulators and government attorneys assess whether to approve pending mergers. Makan Delrahim, the chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, revealed plans for the workshop in a Q&A this week at the State of the Net Conference in Washington.The Antitrust Division has yet to announce details of the workshops, but it came as good news to the broadcast lobby, which has long argued that the government needs to expand its definition of stations’ competitive markets. They face increased competition for advertisers from Google and Facebook. “NAB strongly endorses a holistic review of Justice Department guidelines related to the local advertising market, and we’re encouraged by Mr. D...