NTL mulls renewed Newcastle bid

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NTL, THE US cable television operator, is considering rebidding for Newcastle United football club, depending on the outcome of the Department of Trade and Industry's review of merger policy.

Yesterday, a DTI spokesman said the Monopolies and Mergers Commission's ruling against BSkyB's proposed acquisition of Manchester United was not significant to Newcastle United as takeovers would be considered on a case-by-case basis. NTL dropped its pounds 160m bid for Newcastle when the MMC said BSkyB's bid should not proceed.