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Icahn takes 6.6% stake in Gannett

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Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a 6.6 per cent stake in Gannett, saying he wants a role in the company's planned split of its TV, digital and newspaper divisions.

Icahn's stake in Gannett, publisher of USA Today, was disclosed Thursday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Icahn said in the filing Gannett shares are undervalued. Gannett CEO Gracia Martore announced Aug. 5 the newspaper and broadcasting divisions would be split and traded as separate companies by mid-2015.

The filing says Icahn and his partners plan to "have discussions" with Gannett management and its board "relating to the planned separation, corporate governance, capitalization and capital allocation."

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2014 B9

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