Prescott: News Corp Sky bid should be blocked

News Corp’s proposed takeover of BSkyB should be delayed until the police conclude their phone-hacking inquiry, Lord Prescott has said.

He told the House of Lords it would be “totally unacceptable” for a company “actively involved at all levels in criminal acts” to be given control.

The peer says he and others were victims of phone-hacking by the News of the World, which is owned by News Corp.

News Corp owns News International which in turn owns the News of the World which has been charged with hacking into the voice mail of, perhaps, hundreds of celebrities and public figures in the UK.

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