UK says Murdoch’s BSkyB deal unconnected to hacking

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – The admission of liability by
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in a widespread phone
hacking scandal will not affect the British government’s
decision on whether to allow his takeover of pay-TV group BSkyB
(BSY.L: Quote, Profile, Research).

“The two issues aren’t connected,” a spokesman for the
Department of Media said on Friday. “The issue with BSkyB is
simply about media plurality.”

Murdoch’s News Corp, which owns the News of the World
tabloid at the centre of the hacking scandal, is set to be given
the green light by the government to take full control of BSkyB
in the next few weeks.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Georgina Prodhan)

UK says Murdoch’s BSkyB deal unconnected to hacking