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Murdoch 'would have sold his granny' for BSkyB


Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has been given government approval for its controversial takeover of BSkyB.

The green light follows News Corp's offer to spin-off Sky News as an independent company.

Broadcaster Andrew Neil, who launched Sky News, said that the deal was made to get Rupert Murdoch through a "difficult period".

"It is not the end of Rupert Murdoch's connection with Sky News," he said.

Former Sky executive David Elstein said that as a viewer he regretted that the channel was being distanced from financial security.

"The reality is that Murdoch has never tried to influence the output of Sky News," he said.

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