Show Hide image 21 March 2011 Hunt considers broadening UK public interest rules The rules could help stop organisations like News Corp growing in dominance. In a discussion document next month, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is to open a dialogue with the media industry to consider if the UK's public interest rules should be broadened. At the moment the public interest rules may only be used in a merger situation, and cannot be used just because a media group seeks economic growth. Hunt has admitted this is a problem. A change in the rules could mean further sanctions for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp conglomerate - who succeeded in their buyout of Sky earlier this month - if they were to increase influence without more acquisitions. A green paper on the issue will be introduced later this year. By Liam McLaughlin Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.