There are five people, from a range of backgrounds, appointed to the
committee looking at the BSkyB / Manchester United deal. They will be asking interested parties for
submissions but their remit is much wider than that of the OFT and their processes much more open.
As with any official body, they will not be able to ignore the weight of public opinion. You can find
out more about the inquiry committee and their terms of reference here.
There is now a new EDM proposed by Terry Lewis MP asking for the MMC to reject the BSkyB bid.
Even if your MP signed the old one (asking for a referral to the MMC) check if they are supporting this
Early Day Motion (EDM266).
They may need a little encouragement to make the effort to sign. Make sure they get it. Remember that
ministers are not allowed to sign EDMs but can still be asked for support
There is still a lot of work to be done, from research of Murdoch's businesses and MMC case
histories to telephoning and leaflet distribution. If you can offer practical assistance and you live in
the Manchester area come to committee meetings to find out how you can help
(members only but you can join on the night).
If you don't live in the area phone 0161 839 9941 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you
within a few days
Write to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission at the address given here.
If you wrote to the OFT your letter will be passed on to the MMC automatically so don't just reproduce
the same letter. Although the deadline is 20th November your letters will be accepted after
this date, possibly until as late as January, but please don't leave it this late. The list of points we
offered to help you write to the OFT are still valid and you can read them
Get relatives and friends to write to the MMC. If your parents or grandparents can't afford to go
to matches anymore and can't afford Sky TV encourage them to write to the MMC and tell them so
We need to encourage other bodies who may be wavering to put submissions into the MMC. They are
more likely to do that if they are inundated with letters from concerned football fans. Write to these
bodies and tell them that you are concerned and get your friends and relatives to do the same.
These bodies include:
- Football authorities including FA, FIFA and UEFA
- Other football clubs, not just Premier League, encourage non-MUFC fans to write to their club
- Fans groups from around the UK, again enlist the help of your non-MUFC friends
- Local councillors and local authorities
- Trade Unions and the TUC
- Broadcasting companies and broadcasting regulators
- Other government departments that have an interest
Join IMUSA here -
You can still take part in the campaign if you don't want to join
IMUSA but we need to form a cohesive group in order to organise
an effective campaign
If you have Sky - ring them and tell them you'll cancel if
the deal goes through. In fact, if you buy The Sun or The Times or subscribe to Sky (that includes Sky
channels on cable), you are helping to support Rupert Murdoch! Just think about it and remember that
the Sun still has very poor circulation figures on Merseyside
Visit our library and read some of the material
about Rupert Murdoch and the takeover
If you read an article in the paper you think is unfair, tell them so, don't expect
someone else to do it. Here is a list of addresses and
email/fax numbers to help you
Explain to all your football contacts/friends why this deal will be bad for Manchester
United and for football and get them to write to the MMC
Get active on the Internet - put your point over in relevant
Use football phone ins to get the arguments over to a wider public. Be tactful, we want to
convert people not irritate them
Buy shares in United. Even if the MMC allow this deal to go through, if 11% of shareholders
refuse to sell then Manchester United will remain independent
If you can't donate many hours to the campaign you might
consider donating a few hours pay (or whatever you can afford) to the
fighting fund - many have already but a lot of the IMUSA campaign work is
expensive and needs funding to be effective. We are all volunteers!