Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been given the green light by the government to take over BSkyB.
The controversial decision follows fears that numerous media outlets will now be in the hands of one organisation.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation already owns the Sun, the News of the World, the Times and the Sunday Times. It is now set to take over the 61 per cent of BSkyB that it doesn’t already own.
Media regulator Ofcom has said that the deal should be referred to the Competition Commission.
But Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he plans to accept News Corp’s offer to take over BSkyB without referring it to the commission.
Anyone in opposition to the move will have until March 21 to lodge a complaint.
So far, media groups such as the Guardian, Associated Newspapers, Trinity Mirror and the Telegraph has opposed the move.
“We shall be vigorously contesting this whitewash of a proposal during the consultation period, as well examining all legal options,” they said in a joint statement.