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The European Commission has unconditionally approved News Corporation's bid to take full control of BSkyB on competition grounds, the Guardian reported.

In recent months, the News Corp bid to buy BSkyB, of which it already owns 39%, opened a great debate over media concentration in the UK. News Corp's bid could be a threat to the diversity of the UK media landscape, it was said.

Today's move was widely expected, the Guardian noted. The paper cited the EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia who said "I am confident that this merger will not weaken competition in the United Kingdom. The effects on media plurality are a matter for the UK authorities".

After the EU decision, the UK communications regulator Ofcom will also have to give its approval. Ofcom is due to report to Vince Cable, the business secretary, by the end of the year on whether the deal should be blocked on media plurality grounds. An alliance of rival UK media groups has called on Cable to block the proposed takeover on plurality grounds.

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Federica Cherubini's picture

Federica Cherubini

Date

2010-12-21 17:30

The board of the 94-year-old Pulitzer Prize has announced several changes to the 2011 journalism contest rules. According to the official press release, "The rules for 12 of the 14 categories now state explicitly that entries may use any available journalistic tool, including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats." The two categories whose rules did not change were the Breaking News and Feature photography contests, which still require still images.

The contest's expansion of its journalistic formats is a clear indication that the Board recognizes the adapting nature of journalism from a solely ink-on-paper profession to a multimedia field.

Author

Paul Hoffman

Date

2010-12-10 13:28

A great debate over media concentration has been taking place in the UK as News Corp bids to buy BSkyB, whose properties include 24-hour news channel Sky News. News Corp already owns 39% of BSkyB, more commonly referred to as Sky, and there has been much opposition to allowing the purchase of the remainder of the company.

News Corp, via its subsidiary News International, owns The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The News of the World, which account for about 37% of the national newspaper market. Sky is the UK's largest pay TV platform, reaching one third of all homes. As well as news, it focuses on sports, films and entertainment. It also has a significant radio news presence. Combined, News Corp and BSkyB would have a turnover of £7.5bn, compared to the BBC's £4.8bn.

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Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2010-11-23 15:46

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