Tucson Judge Seals KGUN Filing in Ad Rate Controversy

By Andrew Gauthier 

Inside Tucson Business

As this year’s election season was coming to a close–and TV viewers were breathing a sigh of relief that political ads were going away–a Tucson federal courtroom was dealing with political advertising from elections two and four years ago.

On Nov. 3, U.S. District Judger Raner Collins agreed to seal a filing by attorneys for Journal Broadcast Group, owner of KGUN 9, detailing how the station determined political advertising rates in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

The ruling was part of a continuing whistle-blower lawsuit, initially filed in Pima County Superior Court in January 2009, in which former general sales manager Adam Johnston says he was wrongly fired More…