CCPC to carry out a Phase 2 investigation of Trinity Mirror media merger

July 6, 2018

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has decided to carry out a Phase 2 investigation into the proposed acquisition by Trinity Mirror plc of Northern & Shell Network Limited (N&S), International Distribution Limited 2018 (IDL) and joint control of Independent Star Limited (ISL).  Currently, Northern & Shell Media Group Limited and Independent News & Media PLC each hold 50% of the issued share capital of ISL.

The CCPC’s role in reviewing mergers and acquisitions is to ensure that a proposed transaction does not substantially lessen competition in any market for goods or services in the State.

Following a preliminary investigation, the CCPC has determined that further analysis is required to establish if the proposed transaction could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services in the State.

Interested parties are invited to make submissions no later than 5.30pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018.  Details on how to make a submission are available on ccpc.ie.

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