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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

MEDIA MONOPOLY: News Corp. withdraws pledge on BSkyB takeover!

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AP / The Hindu / LONDON, July 11, 2011.

The scene outside the News International's office in London on Monday. News Corp. has withdrawn a promise to spin off Sky News and invited the government to refer the bid to competition authorities.
The scene outside the News International's office in London on Monday. News Corp. has withdrawn a promise to spin off Sky News and invited the government to refer the bid to competition authorities.

News Corp. has withdrawn a promise to spin off Sky News, which had been the condition for taking full control of British Sky Broadcasting, and invited the government to refer the bid to competition authorities.

The company’s move on Monday means the government will have to decide whether to refer the bid to Britain’s Competition Commission for a full-scale inquiry into whether the takeover would break anti-monopoly laws.

If it does, the bid would likely be on hold for several months.

News Corp. acted as the government was facing under intense pressure to block the bid following revelations of phone hacking activity at the Sunday tabloid News of the World.

“News Corp. continues to believe that, taking into account the only relevant legal test, its proposed acquisition will not lead to there being insufficient plurality in news provision in the UK,” the company said.


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