Sale of the Telegraph & Spectator: Scrutiny of RedBird IMI intensifies

29 January 2024

A new UK corporate structure for RedBird IMI to own the Telegraph and Spectator has sparked a second regulatory intervention on public interest grounds, which has set back the deadline for Phase 1 advice from Ofcom and the CMA to 11 March.

Even without the frenzy of opposition to the merger of RedBird IMI and TMG, a like-for-like comparison with the corporate structure of the Evening Standard highlights several concerns that could arise in Ofcom’s PIT.

The Secretary of State Lucy Frazer will certainly prefer to refer the merger to the CMA for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation in view of the scale of public interest concerns, despite undertakings offered by RedBird IMI.

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