More names join Sky bid protest

The National Union of Journalists and the Financial Times have added their voices to the campaign demanding that Rupert Murdoch’s plans to take full ownership of BSkyB be stopped.

Calling for more people to sign a petition from protest group 38 Degrees, the union claimed that Murdoch’s plans are “a threat to the promotion of a free, plural and diverse media”.

The petition, which has attracted the signatures of over 18,000 people so far, is calling on business secretary Vince Cable to “stand up to Murdoch’s power grab”.

Cable has the power to stop the deal going through if he believes that it risks unsettling the country’s media diversity.

The Financial Times claimed the deal would create a “truly formidable beast” adding that BSkyB and News Corporation would “dominate the media scene, lock out challengers and stifle the diversity of debate”.

Murdoch’s News Corp is yet to formally register its proposed takeover of BSkyB, although it is expected that the application to the European Commission will come within the next few weeks.

(Source: MediaGuardian, journalism.co.uk)

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