Minister regrets Mockeridge pressure to issue Cielo licence

The CEO of News Corp Stations Europe, Tom Mockridge, is putting pressure on Italyís Deputy Minister for Communications to issue a broadcasting licence for the new digital terrestrial channel Cielo, after it won approval in Brussels.

In a letter sent to Paolo Romani, Mockridge emphasises the positive opinion from the European Unionís General Directorate for Competition arrived on December 5th, contrasting it with the fact they are still waiting for a response of the Ministry on the licence.

For his part, Romani says that the Ministry will give the green light to Cielo, "within the deadline set down by the law", but expresses his regret at the "inappropriate choice to make public a letter sent by Sky to the Ministry" regarding "institutional communication between the European Union and this ministry."