Nothing but negotiation

 
The Gap Partnership

News Corp/BSkyB merger prompts media alliance criticism

A proposed merger between News Corp and BSkyB has been opposed by an alliance of media companies.

15 March 2011

An alliance of media organisations, which includes BT, the Guardian Media Group and Associated Newspapers, has set out its objections to a merger between News Corp and BSkyB.

Petitioning parliament for action on the issue, the group cited Ofcom guidance on the matter, which suggested that the combination would "give rise to serious media plurality concerns".

In a move that could prompt strike negotiations, the alliance warned that Newco, a spin-off company that will run Sky News, will be vulnerable to financial screw-turning from News Corp.

Similarly, it claimed that the safeguards put in place to ensure editorial independence are "weak".

"We regard the proposed undertakings as being fraught with uncertainty and unlikely to safeguard plurality," warned the alliance.

It added that the culture secretary should take these concerns into account and should forward the matter on to the Competition Commission.

This comes after BSkyB announced its intentions to conduct sales negotiations in the hopes of making a purchase deal for public Wi-Fi network The Cloud.
 

Gap News

March 2014

The Negotiation Roadshow 2014

Generating value through creative negotiation

Read more


July 2013

Trading Global: Negotiating in the Far East

The Gap Partnership are hosting a complimentary Lunch & Learn seminar in association with UK Trade & Investment

Read more


April 2013

GroceryAid Negotiation Event Raises £26,550

The Gap Partnership, in conjunction with Asda, SC Johnson and Waitrose, host one-day negotiation workshop

Read more


February 2013

Trading Global - Negotiating in the Far East

What is the impact of cultural differences on your negotiations?

Read more


December 2012

The Gap Partnership Release New Negotiation Video

The Nothing but Negotiation video series continues with collaborative negotiation

Read more