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ATTEMPTED TAKEOVER OF ITV BY SKY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 309: tabled on 27 November 2006

Tabled in the 2006-07 session.

This motion has been signed by 94 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern Sky's sudden raid to buy 17.9 per cent. of ITV, becoming the largest shareholder in the company; further notes that this move will deter other investors; calls on the Government to bring forward the review of Public Service Broadcasting; is particularly concerned that this raid may give Sky the inside track on the ITV news contract in 2008; further calls upon Ofcom and the OFT to examine carefully whether the raid gives Sky the ability materially to influence ITV; believes that a prima facie case exists for the Secretary of State to intervene subsequently and instruct Ofcom to undertake a public interest inquiry; further believes that this episode demonstrates the increasing influence of BSKYB, which accounted for 40 per cent. of total television revenue in 2005, nearly twice that of the BBC at 23 per cent.; further notes Sky's opposition to Government plans for digital switchover and that its ability to influence the strategy of ITV makes the future of Freeview uncertain and the prospects for a PSB-led Freesat service less likely; further believes that these developments underline the importance of strong independent public service broadcasters producing British programming to balance the predominantly American and sports programming of Sky; and consequently calls on the Government to secure the future of Channel 4 and provide an adequate licence fee settlement for the BBC to allow it to increase quality programming, properly to equip the country for digital switchover and to initiate a substantial transfer of production to the North of England.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Blaydon
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 2006
Lewes
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2006
Birmingham, Northfield
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Elmet
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 December 2006
Sutton and Cheam
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 13 December 2006
Brent South
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Gower
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Bury North
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Clegg, Mr Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2007
Sheffield, Hallam
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 December 2006
Bolton North East
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Dagenham
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Glasgow South West
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 27 November 2006
Blaenau Gwent
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Heywood and Middleton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 28 November 2006
Foyle
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Eltham
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 13 December 2006
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 December 2006
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Newport West
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2006
Aberavon
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2006
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Norwich North
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 December 2006
Midlothian
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 November 2006
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2007
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 December 2006
Birmingham, Yardley
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 January 2007
Cheltenham
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 2006
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2006
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2006
Tamworth
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 December 2006
Hereford
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 January 2007
Richmond Park
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Edinburgh North and Leith
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2006
Manchester, Withington
Lucas, Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Wrexham
MacDougall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2006
Glenrothes
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Calder Valley
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 5 December 2006
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 5 December 2006
Mansfield
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Crawley
Mole, Chris
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Ipswich
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Bridgend
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 7 December 2006
Cardiff North
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Sunderland South
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Wansbeck
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2006
Bristol North West
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Ynys Môn
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Pendle
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 November 2006
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Halifax
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2006
Glasgow North West
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 December 2006
Rochdale
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 13 December 2006
Nottingham South
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2006
Castle Point
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
North West Leicestershire
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2007
Islington South and Finsbury
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Islwyn
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Hemsworth
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2006
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Liverpool, West Derby
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2006
Conwy
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 December 2006
Ceredigion
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 January 2007
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2006
Batley and Spen
Wright, Dr Tony
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2006
Cannock Chase

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.