UK To Hear News Corp. Before BSkyB Merger Probe

Law360, New York (January 25, 2011, 1:59 PM EST) -- The U.K. culture secretary said Tuesday that he would consider News Corp.'s proposals to alleviate media plurality threats in its proposed $12.6 billion merger with British Sky Broadcasting PLC before referring the matter to the U.K.'s competition watchdog.

News Corp. has asked Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to consider unspecified measures that it claims could alleviate antitrust concerns he expressed after reading a report on the merger by Ofcom, the independent regulator for the U.K.'s communications industries.

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