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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.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.