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October 11, 2010

Fowler asks Cable to stop Murdoch acquiring Sky

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by Janet Harris

Lord Fowler, the former chairman of the House of Lords select communications committee, has waded into the argument over News Corporation’s ongoing ambition to acquire Sky.

Talking to the Guardian, Lord Fowler expressed concern that the plurality of media ownership in the UK would be put at risk by the takeover because of the company’s newspaper interests in the UK.

News Corp, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, is the publisher of the News of the World, The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Times and the Times Literary Supplement.

Fowler urged business secretary Vince Cable to block News Corp’s proposed takeover of the satellite company.

In June, News Corp, which already has a stake in Sky, unsuccessfully offered to buy the remaining 61% for 700p per share.

Earlier this month the BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, also called for Vince Cable to block Murdoch’s bid for Sky.

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