News Corp calls off MPs’ meeting

RUPERT Murdoch’s News Corporation, which is attempting to buy the 61 per cent shares in BSkyB it does not already own, has cancelled a meeting it was due to hold with the influential Culture, Media and Sport select committee tomorrow.

Sources close to News Corp, whose proposed deal is under intense scrutiny, said the media group preferred to focus on getting its arguments across to Jeremy Hunt’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Regulator Ofcom recently completed its analysis into whether the deal poses a threat to media plurality.