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U.K. nixes ownership reg

McIntosh urges House of Lords to reject amendment

LONDON — The U.K. government has defeated rebels in the House of Lords, Parliament’s upper chamber, who wanted to ban newspaper owners, such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Intl., from owning commercial web Five.

The proposed amendment to the Communications Bill, preventing a newspaper owner with a national market share of 20% or more from owning Five, was defeated by just 30 votes, with 137 for and 167 against, on Tuesday.

Andrew McIntosh for the government urged the House of Lords to reject the amendment. He pointed out that the bill puts in place a range of protections and controls in the event that Five grows to the size of rival commercial web ITV.

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