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Simon Hughes: Ofcom should block "disreputable" News Corp’s BSkyB takeover

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Bermondsey & Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes visited the Bankside HQ of Ofcom on Friday morning to deliver a letter asking the media regulator to investigate whether News Corp is 'fit and proper' to take full control of BSkyB.

Simon Hughes MP
Simon Hughes speaking to TV crews outside Ofcom HQ at Southwark Bridge

Speaking outside Riverside House, Simon Hughes said: "It would seem to me, as one of the people who had their phone hacked, but on behalf of the wider public – of whom there now seem to be hundreds if not thousands of people in the same position – that it would be unacceptable for a larger part of the media market to be run by a company which is currently so disreputable."

The MP's letter to Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards says: "In the case of James Murdoch I do not believe that it would be acceptable for a person who led an organisation which has a corporate culture of misleading the watchdog for its print media and has admitted to making payments to stop information coming out about his company which will now lead to criminal convictions to be in charge of a company which holds a broadcast licence."

Read the full letter to Ofcom


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