The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has moved to criticise culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to delay referring News Corp’s takeover bid of BSkyB to the Competition Commission.
Earlier today, Hunt indicated that the review over the $12 billion bid by News Corp to buy the remaining shares of BSkyB would be delayed and that he was willing to hear the company’s ideas in ensuring media plurality, as stated by a report released today by Ofcom.
A statement from the NUJ, said: “Hunt has not just shifted the goalposts in considering the Murdoch plan to damage media plurality. He has allowed Rupert Murdoch to take the goalposts home, to return when he feels he’s more likely to win the game.”
Yesterday, questions were also raised around Prime Minister David Cameron’s dinner with News Corp’s Europe and Asia chairman, James Murdoch and Rebeccah Brooks, chief executive of News International before Christmas.