David Cameron aide discussed BSkyB bid with News Corp lobbyist | Media | The Guardian

by peterjukes

A Downing Street source confirmed that Michel met Silva but said it was a routine meeting involving talks on intellectual property. On the BSkyB deal, they said Silva only stated the government’s public position. Michel reported back to James Murdoch that Silva “recognised [the] need to look at it [the transaction] from a plurality point of view”.

At the time, News Corp wanted to restrict UK regulatory scrutiny issues of “media plurality,” which would have required the communications regulator Ofcom to make an assessment of whether the Sky takeover would give the enlarged company too much cross-media power.

Those opposing the transaction argued Ofcom should also consider competition issues as part of the plurality review and whether the deal would give the company too great a market share.

via David Cameron aide discussed BSkyB bid with News Corp lobbyist | Media | The Guardian.

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