Government to examine Trinity Mirror deal

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The Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it will look into the planned acquisition of Northern & Shell’s UK publishing assets by Trinity Mirror.

The CMA has launched an investigation and made an “enforcement order” under the Enterprise Act 2002.

The £127m deal was approved by 99% of Trinity’s shareholders at a meeting earlier this week.

In a statement a few moments ago, Trinity said:

“The Board continues to believe that there will be no reduction in media plurality as a result of the Acquisition, as each newspaper brand will continue with its current editorial positioning, and that there will not be any detrimental impact on competition as a result of the Acquisition.”

It said a further announcement would be made “as and when appropriate.”