In accordance with Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended, the Minister was notified on the 5 August 2016 of the proposed acquisition by News Corp UK & Ireland Limited of Wireless Group plc. 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 22 September 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:
Minister's Determination to News Corp UK & Ireland Limited (PDF 40 KB)
Minister's Determination to Wireless Group (PDF 80KB)
M_2016_4_Phase_1_Report_Final_Redacted (PDF 868KB)