News Corp claims judicial review of BSkyB deal is possible
Ofcom's report into the BSkyB deal has been described as "flawed" by News Corp, which says it retain
News Corporation has raised the prospect of a judicial review deciding the fate of BSkyB after labelling Ofcom's report into its proposed takeover as "flawed" and one sided.
In its submission to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, which had been made public today, News Corp said Ofcom's report contained "fundamental flaws in analysis" and should not be relied on by the Secretary of State when making his decision on whether to approve the deal.
Rupert Murdoch's business also criticised the administrative process leading to the publication of Ofcom's report, saying it was "highly unfortunate" and that it had also been "seriously flawed".
"The initial decision to intervene in relation to this transaction on the basis of a public interest concern was taken by a Secretary of State for BIS who was biased against the interests of News [Corp] and its shareholders," the company said in its submission.
Hunt only took on the responsibility of passing judgment over the News Corp deal after the Prime Minister stripped Business Secretary Vince Cable of those powers after reporters from the Daily Telegraph recorded Cable declaring that he had "declared war on Rupert Murdoch" in an undercover sting.