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If you take the debate that's occurred over this, about Sky. There was a very vigorous debate, both in the Commons and in the House of Lords, where we made clear that -- what evidence we had that this man wasn't a fit and proper person to have majority control of SkyB. Now, that is an argument about Murdoch. He's not offering us any favours. I don't think he should be given that, although frankly some might say what was also wanted for Sky Television was some of the jewels we talk of: the National, the football. These are all part of Sky Sport.

Now, these are arguments in the political field. I can't say that that is what you get if you do that, but politicians are very sensitive, I think, about what the papers think. I think that's unfortunate. It's never troubled me, quite frankly, but it is the a problem.

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