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Bauer Media chief exec calls for Ofcom investigation into Global Radio takeover of GMG

Global Radio’s takeover of Guardian Media Group (GMG) should be investigated by Ofcom, Bauer Media chief executive Paul Keenan has said.

According to The Guardian, Keenan, who also attempted to buy GMG, is backing a report by Enders Analysis on the merger, claiming that it will impact on the plurality of news and independent expert commentary.

Keenan also claims that the report from Enders Analysis founder Claire Enders has concluded that should the merger proceed ‘it would produce a radio owner with excessive control’.

The report by the Office of Fair Trading will be submitted this Friday, the same days that Ofcom will submit its own findings on competition and plurality initiated by former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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