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News International has begun to make informal approaches to the Government to discuss the possibility of merging The Times and The Sunday Times to create a seven-day running operation.

In order to get the application moving News International will need to formally application to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), but it is also believed that the case will then be passed to OfCom or the Competition Commission at their are fears that this merger would give one publication too much power and it would breach competition laws, as there would only be one editorial system in place.

Currently the two titles are not allowed to merge following an agreement from 1981 when Mr. Murdoch signed a deal with the Government. When Murdoch first bought the papers he agreed with the DCMS that there would remain two separate editorial processes and chains in place, one for each publication.

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Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with Competition and Business Solicitors in Bath & Bristol and across the country.