CITY VIEWS: SHOULD THE HACKING SCANDAL AFFECT THE BSKYB MERGER?

NOJAN BASERI | LONDON STONE SECURITIES
“No. I don’t think the two issues have a lot to do with eachother. The hacking scandal shouldn’t impact on the deal. It’s more of a competition issue. I would expect it to go through without too many problems.”

MIKE ALSTON | CATLIN
“Maybe. It’s more an issue of competition than the phone hacking. But they’re not helping themselves. They’re proving that they can’t act responsibly.”

SIMON CLARKE | PARABIS GROUP
“No. It’s not clear if the allegations are true, so there shouldn’t be an impact on the deal right now. If they are correct, then perhaps the merger should be looked at. But we need to wait for the outcome of the investigation.”