The Enterprise Act 2002 brought about significant changes to the United Kingdom merger control regime, but it did not affect the pre-existing special regime for the consideration of mergers in the newspaper industry1. This special regime was first introduced in the United Kingdom by the Monopolies and Mergers Act 19652, and was reiterated in the Fair Trading Act 19733. It subjected newspaper mergers to a system of mandatory ex ante control. Parallel with the passing of the Enterprise Act 2002, however, the government sought to co-ordinate the development of policy on newspaper mergers with that on media ownership generally
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