Philadelphia Inquirer Seeks Probe of Pre-Bankruptcy Recording

The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News asked a judge to approve hiring a lawyer to investigate the “unauthorized recording” of a meeting held before the company entered bankruptcy.

An investigation is needed so the company can pursue “any litigation or other legal action in connection with such unauthorized recording,” Philadelphia Newspapers LLC said Feb. 27 in court papers signed by Chief Executive Officer Brian Tierney and filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia.

The company last month became at least the fourth newspaper publisher to file for bankruptcy protection since December. The biggest was Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The recording was previously reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Two people not named by the paper said Tierney found a recorder under papers on a table used during a meeting between the company and its creditors. The publisher didn’t say who made the recording.

The case is In re Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, 09-11204, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

To contact the reporter on this story: Steven Church in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia at schurch3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at rh drovella@bloomberg.net.

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