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Labour promises rigorous scrutiny of plan for new Sky News company and expresses continued concern about transparency of the decision-making process.

Ivan Lewis MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, commenting on Jeremy Hunt’s approval of Newscorp’s bid for BSkyB said:

“This U-turn by Jeremy Hunt will raise further concerns about the transparency of the process. Four weeks ago, he was minded to refer the deal to the Competition Commission. Now he has changed his mind.

“During the consultation process we will engage with all parties to scrutinise the details of the proposal to turn Sky News into a listed company.

“We will test its impact against OFCOM’s original concerns about the balance of control in UK news and current affairs. Public interest not political expediency will determine our judgment on whether this revised package goes far enough to avoid the need for a Competition Commission enquiry.”

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