Uncertainty surrounds News Corp/BSkyB bid

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Star TV’s parent company, News Corporation planned BSkyB takeover may come under scrutiny after fresh phone hacking allegations emerged.

Politicians and protesters have called for the proposed takeover to be referred to the Competition Commission.

The government said that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt would not rush his decision on the takeover.

News Corp’s proposed bid for BSkyB is currently in a period of public consultation, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport say they have had over 100,000 responses. The consultation period ends tomorrow (Friday) at midday.

News Corp has come under fire in these phone hacking allegations since the weekend when it was revealed that Milly Dowler’s voicemails were allegedly deleted on behalf of the company’s News of the World newspaper.

Since the scandal emerged, huge advertisers like Sainsbury’s, nPower, O2, Ford, Vauxhall, The Co-operative Group and Lloyds Banking Group have boycotted the newspaper.

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