The European Union says it has seen no antitrust problems with New Media Investment Co.’s Gatehouse Media in its $1.4 billion acquisition of USA Today publisher Gannett.
The EU became involved because Gannett has some European operations. The deal had already cleared antitrust regulators in the US.
But the Federal Communications Commission still has some questions for Apollo Global Management, the company that is bankrolling New Media Investment’s takeover bid.
“Both transactions are still under review by the FCC,” said an FCC spokesman who declined to answer further questions.
The FCC usually does not scrutinize newspaper deals. But as The Post exclusively reported last week, Apollo is in the final stages of buying a majority stake in Cox Enterprises’ 13 TV stations in a $3 billion deal.
And that means Gatehouse-Gannett comes under scrutiny as well — as first revealed by Nypost.com on Oct. 11.
Gatehouse and Gannett appear not overly worried, however, as they are still scheduling a shareholder vote to approve the deal on Nov. 14.