UK regulators have cleared the merger to combine the Mirror titles with the Express and Star newspapers, having looked into the deal to see if it would hit media plurality.
In a report to the government, the Competition and Markets Authority said it did not believe the merger would raise any concerns, as the range of titles under the newly-renamed umbrella group of Reach (formerly Trinity Mirror) “target different demographic groups and differ in content and tone”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that it will now leave the CMA to look into any potential reduction in competition.
The £127m deal combining Trinity Mirror and Northern & Shell Media Group was wrapped up in March, but regulators in April effectively barred the two sides from any further integration until they could determine whether the deal could crimp the accuracy or plurality of news.
“Today we are two successful separate news organisations, but together we will be stronger and better able to compete and adapt to the challenging conditions in which we operate,” said Reach CEO Simon Fox.
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