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August 03 2012


BSkyB has too much power over rivals, Competition Commission rules

Guardian :: The competition regulator has said that BSkyB has too much power over pay-TV rivals, raising the possibility that the satellite company could face another investigation. On Thursday, the Competition Commission raised the issue of BSkyB's "market power" as part of the publication of its final report into the pay-TV film market.

A report by Mark Sweney, www.guardian.co.uk

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July 26 2012


News Corp and BSkyB invest in TV streaming company Roku

Media Week :: News Corporation and BSkyB have both made a strategic investment in the internet TV start-up Roku, in a round which has raised $45m (£29m) for the company.

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A report by Sarah Shearman, www.mediaweek.co.uk


BSkyB reports 17pc rise in profits

Guardian :: BSkyB has reported record pre-tax profits up 17% to £1.19bn in the year to the end of June, and revealed that it intends to spend £30m on launching its new internet service Now TV in the next 12 months.

A report by Mark Sweney, www.guardian.co.uk

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May 05 2012


Sky News is launching a 24-hour Arabic News Channel

The Next Web :: Having just been made available in the US and Canada via Livestation, Sky News is launching a 24-hour Arabic news channel, which has been two years in the making. Tomorrow, Sky News Arabia, the multi-media news platform is finally launching at 4pm GMT (8pm UAE time). Joining the ranks of Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and BBC News Arabic, Sky News Arabia is a 50/50 joint venture between BSkyB’s Sky News and UAE-based Abu Dhabi Media Investment Company (ADMIC).

Continue to read Nancy Messieh, thenextweb.com

April 30 2012


Ofcom extends review of News Corp's ownership of BSkyB

Mediaweek.co.uk :: Ofcom has asked News International for documents relating to phone hacking settlements, after stepping its probe into whether News Corporation is a "fit and proper" shareholder of BSkyB.

Continue to read Maisie McCabe, mediaweek.co.uk

April 28 2012


David Cameron opens way for inquiry into Jeremy Hunt over BSkyB bid

Telegraph :: Downing Street has distanced itself for the first time from Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, as questions mount over his dealings with the Murdoch empire. David Cameron's spokesman opened the way for a Whitehall inquiry into Mr Hunt's conduct today and said: "If there is anything that suggests there has been a breach of the code the Prime Minister would of course act."

Continue to read James Kirkup | Robert Winnett, www.telegraph.co.uk

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April 27 2012


Jeremy Hunt to disclose emails with special adviser after BSkyB furore

Guardian :: Jeremy Hunt, the embattled culture secretary, is to disclose private correspondence with his special adviser over the BSkyB takeover deal to the Leveson inquiry. Hunt told BBC News on Friday morning that he would hand email and text messages to Adam Smith to Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into press standards.

Continue to read Josh Halliday, www.guardian.co.uk

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April 26 2012


Jeremy Hunt faces fresh pressure over BSkyB affair

Guardian :: Efforts to shield the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt from investigations into his potential breaches of the ministerial code have come under fresh pressure after Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative chair of the public administration select committee (PASC) called on David Cameron to refer Hunt's case to the independent adviser on the ministerial code, Sir Alex Allan.

Continue to read Patrick Wintour | Rajeev Syal, www.guardian.co.uk

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April 25 2012


Jeremy Hunt: 'The idea I was backing BSkyB bid is laughable'

journalism.co.uk :: In a statement to the House of Commons, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt dismissed accusations 'there was a back channel through which News Corporation was able to influence decisions' in relation to its bid for BSkyB.

Continue to read Rachel McAthy, www.journalism.co.uk


Jeremy Hunt to explain BSkyB dealings to MPs

Guardian :: The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is to make a Commons statement to explain his dealings with News Corp. The Conservatives offered the statement after Labour requested that Hunt account for revelations at the Leveson inquiry about email exchanges with Rupert Murdoch's company and whether they were at odds with undertakings he gave to parliament.

Continue to read Patrick Wintour, www.guardian.co.uk


'Very good lunch': The First Minister offered to 'support the debate' on the BSkyB bid

Telegraph :: First Minister Alex Salmond agreed to “make himself available” to back News Corporation’s bid to take over BSkyB after a “very good lunch with the editor”. Frederic Michel, the director of public affairs for News Corp, added that “the Sun is now very keen to back the SNP at the election.”

Details - Continue to read Holly Watt, www.telegraph.co.uk

April 24 2012


Jeremy Hunt and News Corp: Guardian publishes all the emails

Guardian :: Evidence provided by Rupert Murdoch to the Leveson inquiry shows that Conservative minister Jeremy Hunt maintained close contact with News Corporation while the company attempted take full ownership of BSkyB.

All emails - Continue to read www.guardian.co.uk

January 11 2012


BSkyB axes Al Gore's Current TV from its pay-TV lineup

Guardian :: Al Gore's Current TV channel in the UK is facing closure after BSkyB – part owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation – axed it from its pay-TV lineup. The satellite broadcaster took a "commercial decision" to let go of the news and documentary channel from its subscription service, which launched in a blaze of publicity in 2007 but has since struggled for ratings.

Continue to read John Plunkett, www.guardian.co.uk

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