Monday 27 December 2010

News: Public 'don't want Murdoch to control more of news media'

By Sam Greenhill
27th December 2010

An overwhelming majority of the public is opposed to Rupert Murdoch having greater control of Britain’s news media, a survey reveals today.

In an ICM poll, 84 per cent said they were against any single organisation exerting too much influence.The media tycoon is trying to take over broadcaster BSkyB, with his company News Corporation bidding to buy the 61 per cent of shares it does not already own.

But 63 per cent of the public believes there should be an independent investigation into the purchase, the poll showed. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will receive an initial report from the regulator Ofcom on the implications of the planned deal by Friday.

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