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Well, the federal cartel office could theoretically stop the merger, but it's unlikely that this will happen, because the merger currently does not violate regulations.  AFAIK, there exists regulation regarding the media concentration in one medium (ie, print or radio or tv), but not regarding cross-media penetration.

Unfortunately, media consolidation has a long history in Germany, and there's currently not a strong voice against it.  Because of the tanking advertisement market it is often seen as necessary, to ensure the survival of the titles.  The effects on public opinion are rarely discussed in the policital sphere.

by hesk on Sat Aug 6th, 2005 at 05:12:07 PM EST
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