Maria Miller to clear Global Radio's GMG deal on plurality grounds

Culture secretary Maria Miller is set to clear Global Radio's estimated £70m takeover of GMG Radio on plurality grounds, despite vigorous campaigning from rival Bauer Media, Media Week can reveal.

Culture secretary to wave through Global deal
Culture secretary to wave through Global deal

The commercial radio deal is set to pass to the Competition Commission, who will examine the impact of the merger on grounds of competition only.

Earlier this month Real and Smooth Limited, as GMG Radio is now known, offered to provide more regional and local news in north and mid Wales to satisfy plurality concerns about the merger.

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading both completed reports on the deal, on the plurality and competition issues it raised respectively, and these were submitted to Miller on 28 September.

Miller was expected to announce her decision within 10 working days of 28 September and it is thought she will announce any plurality concerns have been satisfied by the provisions in Wales later today.

Bauer Media had been campaigning to get Ofcom and Miller to consider a range of implications about the deal, including widening the concept of plurality beyond news provision.

DCMS declined to comment.

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Currys PC World launches brand campaign ahead of Christmas

Currys PC World launches brand campaign ahead of Christmas

Currys PC World is launching a brand campaign ahead of the Christmas seasons with the strapline "we start with you".

Share
Philips launches juicer video campaign with Louis Smith

Philips launches juicer video campaign with Louis Smith

Philips is unveiling an online campaign starring the Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, aimed at encouraging people to ditch bottled juice in favour of making fresh juices at home.

Share
ZenithOptimedia loses £200m O2 business to Havas Media without a pitch

ZenithOptimedia loses £200m O2 business to Havas Media without a pitch

Publicis Groupe's ZenithOptimedia's estimated £200 million European media business for O2, including the £50 million account in the UK, has been snatched away from them, following an intervention from Havas Media stakeholder and Vivendi chairman, Vincent Bolloré.

Share

Get news by email