Merger 2016-01

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In accordance with the Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended the Minister was notified on the 13 January 2015 of the proposed acquisition of sole control of UTV Ltd by ITV Broadcasting Ltd. This followed the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

In accordance with the Act, the Department undertook a ‘Phase 1’ examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the state. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on 18 February 2016, that the proposed merger will not negatively affect the plurality of media in the state and as such that it may proceed.

Copies of the letters containing the Minister’s determination can be found below.

MM2016-01.06 Minister's Determination to ITV.pdf

MM2016-01.06 Minister's Determination to UTV.pdf

Phase 1 Examination