To win regulatory approval of its proposed purchase of the 60.9% of BSkyB that it does not already own, News Corp. may have to submit to various remedies to avoid an in-depth probe by the U.K. Competition Commission, says a report issued on Tuesday by British telecom regulator Ofcom. Announced last fall, the U.S. $12.1 billion transaction would give News Corp. full control of BSkyB, the largest pay TV provider in the United Kingdom. Although the European Commission determined last month that the acquisition would pose no competitive concerns, the report, published by U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, asserts that the post-merger entity “may be expected to operate against the public interest since there may not be a sufficient plurality of persons with control of media enterprises providing news and current affairs to UK-wide crossmedia audiences.” As such, the report recommends various remedies that include (1) News Corp.’s agreement to relinquish editorial control over BSkyB’s Sky News service, (2) restrictions on the bundling of pay TV subscriptions with subscriptions to newspapers owned by News Corp., and (3) divestiture of various news and media assets. Hunt also said he would delay referral to the competition commission to give News Corp. a chance to offer its own remedies that would “prevent or otherwise mitigate the merger from having effects adverse to the public interest.” Rebuking Ofcom’s “seriously flawed” response, News Corp. accused the regulator of giving “undue weight to particular pieces of evidence” while “[discounting] other relevant evidence.”