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Competition watchdog launches probe into Trinity Mirror Express takeover

daily-express-coldThe UK’s competition watchdog is launching a formal investigation into Trinity Mirror’s recent takeover of the Daily Express and Daily Star.

TM, the country’s biggest regional newspaper publisher as well as the owner of several national titles, bought Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell titles in a £127m deal in February.

However the Competition and Markets Authority has now announced it is to investigate the deal on media plurality grounds.

The move by the CMA will prevent the two business integrating until the investigation is complete.

In a statement issued this morning, the CMA said it will “assess whether this deal could significantly reduce competition within the UK media sector, in line with its merger guidance.”

The watchdog is inviting comments on the deal from interested parties by 25 April and is due to issue an initial ruling on the takeover by 7 June.

If it decides that no serious competition concerns are raised by the takeover, it could announce at that point that it is taking no further action.

Alternatively it could launch more detailed investigation likely to last up to six months.

Trinity Mirror has so far not responded to requests for a comment on the announcement.

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  • April 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    Well, seeing as TM has just canned off 98 journalists – no doubt to partly pay for this deal, despite their denials – and we have already seen less quality content in TM’s affected local newspapers, then, yes, at the very least, there has been a reduction in quality content and by connection, this will lead to less competition.

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  • April 12, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    Or… Competition watchdog launches pointless probe into done deal in bid to justify existence.

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