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Ofcom Public Interest Test Report To Government Published

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Ofcom’s public interest test report to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on the acquisition by Daily Mail and General Trust Plc (“DMGT”) of JPIMedia Publications Limited (“JPIMedia Publications”), has been published.

The assets of JPIMedia Publications include the ‘i’ UK national newspaper and website. On 21 January, the Secretary of State issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice requiring Ofcom to report by 13 March 2020 on the effects of the transaction on the need for a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers in the UK.

Ofcom report advises that a reference to the CMA is not warranted on these grounds.

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