Does it matter whether News Corp owns BSkyB?
The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said that he intends to refer News Corporation's bid for BSkyB to the Competition Commission. Does it matter whether News Corporation owns BSkyB?
News Corp already has a 39% stake in BSkyB and is trying to buy the rest. It also owns UK newspapers the Sun, News of the World, the Times and Sunday Times.
"On the evidence available, I consider that it may be the case that the merger may operate against the public interest in media plurality," Mr Hunt said in a statement.
Does is matter whether News Corporation owns BSkyB? How important is media plurality in Britain? What would the impact be if the merger was approved?
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