Hunt backs Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover bid

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed new proposals set out by Murdoch.

Rupert Murdoch took a step closer to taking full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB today after the Government provisionally accepted plans to hive off Sky News as a separate company.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed beefed-up proposals that will see the news station run as an independent company to allay fears that the deal would give Murdoch's News Corporation too much control of the media.

The consultation has been extended to midday on Friday 8 July, after which Hunt will decide whether to wave through the merger once and for all or refer it to the Competition Commission.

Read more at the Press Gazette.