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Thursday 15 July, 2004

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
15 July 2004


INVITATION TO COMMENT

ANTICIPATED ACQUISITION BY ITV PLC OF 25% OF GMTV LIMITED.


The Office of Fair Trading is considering whether arrangements are in progress
or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation
of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act
2002.  Should it be found to be a relevant merger situation, the OFT will
further consider whether the creation of that situation may be expected to
result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in
the United Kingdom for goods or services that warrants reference to the
Competition Commission for investigation and report.

Affected Sector: Media.

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest
issues to:

Ms A Ekpiken
Office of Fair Trading
Fleetbank House
2-6 Salisbury Square
London EC4Y 8JX
FAX: 020-7211-8916

to arrive by 29 July 2004


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