BECTU opposes BSkyB/football merger

In it's evidence to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) the union argues against the proposed merger of BSkyB and Manchester United.

The union believes the proposed merger raises serious competition issues, and that these are compounded by the fact that the media is a sector in which monopoly powers have a resonance and a danger far beyond a narrowly economic one.

BECTU urges caution when BSkyB is part of the media conglomerate, News International, with powerful existing interests throughout the broadcasting sector - including production, distribution and conditional access technology.

30 November 1998