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On Thursday, the British government granted approval to News Corp.‘s controversial to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting.This should make James Murdoch – CEO Rupert Murdoch‘s son and News Corp’s Deputy COO – happy. Just a week ago, Murdoch stressed that News Corp. was “not big enough” and needed to expand.
During discussions, News Corp. offered to run Sky News as a separate company in an effort to ease concerns about monopolizing media, reports the AP.
An understandable fear, as News Corp. also owns several U.K. newspapers including The Sun and News of the World.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt agreed to the offer but set forth additional conditions, including the instalment of a “monitoring trustee” to ensure that News Corp. remains compliant with any requirements.
However, not everyone is happy.
Of the deal, Labour Party member Tom Watson said to Hunt:
“You have chosen to accept the assurances of News Corp. when they have breached previous assurances made when The Times, the Sunday Times, the Sun, and the News of the World were taken over.”
Fellow party member Chris Bryant agreed, pointing out the significance of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal:
“How on Earth did we become so spineless as to allow a company whose directors not only failed in their duties to prevent criminality at the News of the World, but actually participated in the cover-up of that criminality, to hold dominion over such vast swaths of the media in this country?”
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