October 29, 2007
In Canada, a New Newspaper Faces Off Against a Well-Established Family
By IAN AUSTEN
OTTAWA, Oct. 28 — Between its oil refineries, service stations, trucking companies, building supply stores, food processing plants, shipyards, radio stations, timberlands and sawmills, it is hard to escape the Irving family’s influence in its native Canadian province, New Brunswick.
That is particularly the case for newspaper readers. All of the area’s English-language daily newspapers are Irving owned, and the family dominates the province’s weekly publications.
William Kenneth Langdon, a newspaper publisher, has now found that the Irvings’ dominance is not easily broken. When he begins publishing The Carleton Free Press on Tuesday to compete against an Irving-owned, twice-weekly publication, Mr. Langdon will be unusually constrained. A court order bars him from contacting readers, advertisers, employees, contractors, suppliers and distributors of Brunswick News, an Irving holding company, let alone making business deals with them.
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