Tribune Company CEO Sam Zell confirmed on CNBC Wednesday that he was contacted by the FBI in connection with the federal corruption probe of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The criminal complaint against Blagojevich states that the governor's office indicated its willingness to help the company sell the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field in exchange for the firing of a Chicago Tribune editorial writer who had been especially critical of the governor. Tribune ownership is quoted in the complaint as being "sensitive" to the issue.
On CNBC, Zell said, "as far as my knowledge is concerned," no pressure was ever applied to the writer, Deputy Editorial Page Editor John McCormick, and "The Tribune did not respond at all."
Watch Zell's remarks on his and the Tribune's role in the Blagojevich investigation: