The culture secretary is seeking fresh advice from regulators on News Corp’s takeover bid for BSkyB, amid the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Business editor Robert Peston said Jeremy Hunt had written to Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after the 168-year-old paper was shut down.
Our correspondent says the implication is that Mr Hunt could now refer the deal to the Competition Commission.
It might not be what most people want, referring to Ofcom, but Jeremy Hunt asking for advice is a stepin the right direction.
Hopefully Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading will give the right advice. Whether Hunt takes it or not will be another matter.