SBD/August 6, 2013/Media

Henry Visits Boston Globe, Says He Does Not Want To Influence Coverage Of Red Sox

John Henry's ownership of the Globe and NESN is not affected by FCC rules
Red Sox Owner John Henry "spent several hours at The Boston Globe Monday, meeting employees desk-by-desk in the newsroom and other departments," according to Beth Healy of the BOSTON GLOBE. Henry had a "lunch meeting with the Globe's senior management and afterward spent time in the sports department, talking with sports editor Joe Sullivan and other staffers." Henry "declined to offer details about his plans for the company's future." But Globe Editor Brian McGrory said that Henry told him he "wants to boost revenues rather than slash costs, and does not plan to influence the paper's coverage of the Red Sox." McGrory: "I was adamant with him that our coverage wouldn't change. But I didn't have to be, because he was adamant with me that our coverage wouldn't change. He would, in his view, only diminish the value of the Globe and the Red Sox if he tried to influence our coverage" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/6). Meanwhile, an FCC official said that the agency's cross-ownership rules "apply to traditional broadcast stations that use the public airwaves, and so don't apply" to Henry's ownership of NESN, which is an RSN (BOSTON HERALD, 8/6).
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