CHRONIQUES : MERGER CONTROL – VERTICAL AND CONGLOMERATE ASSESSMENTS – MEDIA CONTENT AND DISTRIBUTION

Vertical and conglomerate assessments: The European Commission examines potential vertical foreclosure issues in media sector (News Corp/BSkyB)

Comm. eur., 21 décembre 2010, News Corp/BSkyB, aff. COMP/M.5932 By its decision of 21 December 2010, the European Commission cleared News Corp’s proposed acquisition of the remaining 60.86 % of the shares in BSkyB that it did not already own. The transaction will bring together Rupert Murdoch’s global media company, News Corp - which owns one of the major Hollywood studios (20th Century Fox), TV channels (such as Fox and National Geographic), and print and online newspapers (such as The Sun, The Times, The Wall Street Journal) - and BSkyB, the leading pay-TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom and Ireland. News Corp’s campaign to secure regulatory approval of the deal has been waged on two fronts: the merger clearance from the European Commission and the regulatory clearance under the UK

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David Hull, Vertical and conglomerate assessments: The European Commission examines potential vertical foreclosure issues in media sector (News Corp/BSkyB), 21 December 2010, Concurrences Review N° 3-2011, Art. N° 37306, pp. 150-152

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