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News Corp/BSkyB proposed merger and phone hacking inquiry

Timeline of events.

This page sets out the milestones in the proposed News Corporation - BSkyB merger, and details of the phone hacking inquiry announced by the Prime Minister.

Statement, 25 April 2012

The Secretary of State made a statement to the House of Commons on 25 April regarding evidence presented at the Leveson Inquiry on 24 April.

Announcement, 13 July 2011

The Prime Minister announced details of an independent inquiry into phone hacking, and News Corp withdrew its bid for BSkyB

Statement, 11 July 2011

The Secretary of State made a statement on 11 July, explaining that, following the withdrawal of undertakings in lieu, he is referring the proposed merger between BSkyB and News Corp to the Competition Commission.

Letters to Ofcom and OFT, 11 July 2011

The Secretary of State wrote letters to Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading on 11 July about the proposed BSkyB/News Corp merger.

Statement, 8 July 2011

The Secretary of State made a statement on the morning of 8 July on the proposed merger between BSkyB and News Corp.

Statement, 30 June 2011

The Secretary of State made a statement on 30 June on the proposed merger between BSkyB and News Corp.

Statement, 3 March 2011

The Secretary of State made a statement on 3 March setting out proposed undertakings in lieu from News Corp.

Statement, 25 January 2011

The Secretary of State made a statement on 25 January explaining that he was minded to refer the proposed merger between BSkyB and News Corp to the Competition Commission, but allowing time for News Corp to submit ‘undertakings in lieu’.

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