No review due for BSkyB deal

THE government has not yet decided whether to refer for review the proposed takeover of pay-TV group BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, it said, responding to a report a review was likely.

The BBC said business secretary Vince Cable was likely to ask the media regulator Ofcom to look at the impact of any takeover and whether it would reduce the plurality of voices within the British media sector. News Corp wants to buy the 61 per cent of the pay-TV group it does not own.