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Bauer Media Group merger inquiry

Competition Markets Authority

October 31
11:00 2019

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 7 August 2019

Statutory deadline: 21 January 2020

Contact

BauerMedia-inquiries@cma.gov.uk

Evidence

The publication of the evidence of any party on the CMAs webpages does not indicate in any way endorsement by the CMA of the views expressed in the evidence or acceptance of that evidence. Publication in this way is designed to assist public understanding of the issues.

Hearing summaries

Response to issues statement

Response to phase 1 decision

Merger notice

Issues statement

4 September 2019: The issues statement sets out the scope of the inquiry. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

22 October 2019: The issues statement addendum outlines an additional theory on what might be adversely affecting competition to those identified previously in the issues statement, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

Inquiry Group appointed

9 August 2019: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group:

Stuart McIntosh (Chair), Maria Da Cunha, Keith Richards and David Thomas.

Terms of reference

7 August 2019: The CMA has referred the completed acquisitions by Bauer Media Group of certain businesses of Celador Entertainment Limited, Lincs FM Group Limited and Wireless Group Limited, as well as the entire business of UKRD Group Limited for an in-depth investigation.

Phase 1

Reference decision

7 August 2019: The CMA has referred the completed acquisitions by Bauer Media Group of certain businesses of Celador Entertainment Limited, Lincs FM Group Limited and Wireless Group Limited, as well as the entire business of UKRD Group Limited for an in-depth investigation.

For all information related to the phase 1 inquiries, see the following CMA inquiry webpages:

Published 7 August 2019
Last updated 31 October 2019 +show all updates
  1. Summary of calls with customers of First Radio Sales published.
  2. Issues statement addendum published.
  3. Published: Bauer's response to issues statement, Bauer's response to phase 1 decision, UKRD merger notice and a hearing summary with Ofcom
  4. Issues statement and administrative timetable published.
  5. Full text of the decision to refer published.
  6. Inquiry group appointed and Terms of reference published.
  7. First published.

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