The Irish Competition Authority decides that the aggressive pricing strategy of a newspapers publisher in the market for advertising in local newspapers did not breach the Competition Act 2002 for lack of dominant position (Drogheda Independent / The Leader)

The Drogheda Independent Company Limited (“the DIC”) publishes several newspaper titles, one of which being The Extra. The Leader, another publisher, lodged a complaint before the Irish Competition Authority and alleged that the DIC abused its dominant position for selling advertising below cost since 1997 for property advertisers, and for selectively discounting the price of advertising in The Extra during January and February 2003. The Competition Authority defined the relevant market as the market for advertising in local newspapers in the greater Drogheda area, including the local paid for and the freesheets newspapers. The product market definition analysis brought the competition authority to the conclusion that neither national newspapers, nor local radio, nor other media such

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Tristan Baumé, The Irish Competition Authority decides that the aggressive pricing strategy of a newspapers publisher in the market for advertising in local newspapers did not breach the Competition Act 2002 for lack of dominant position (Drogheda Independent / The Leader), 7 December 2004, e-Competitions December 2004, Art. N° 169

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