In accordance with the Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act) as amended the Minister was notified on the 26th of March 2015 of the proposed acquisition of Setanta Sports Asia Limited by Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte. Limited following the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
In accordance with the Act the Department undertook a 'Phase 1' examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the state. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on the 12th of May 2015 that the proposed merger will not negatively affect the plurality of media in the state and as such that it may proceed. The Minister's derterminations can be found below.
Minister's Determination Elizabeth Newell.pdf
Minister's Determination Mark O'Meara.pdf
Phase 1 Examination