The default position with regard to media mergers is that they will be assessed in accordance with the standard merger control provisions of the Enterprise Act 20021. Only if the Secretary of State chooses to issue an intervention notice is the special process for the assessment of media mergers initiated2. The CMA undertakes a general function of surveying the market and informing the Secretary of State should a transaction appear to involve any of the stipulated3 considerations4. It is also open to the Secretary of State to review a case on his own initiative. If an intervention notice is
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