By Marcus Leach
Any deal on News Corporation's bid for BSkyB is likely to be pushed back to September following a glut of last minute submissions.
Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, has received thousands of comments on the deal following the scandal surrounding the News of the World newspaper and phone-hacking allegations.
The original deadline for all submissions had been Friday (today), however a late flurry of entries will take several weeks to assess.
Shares in BSkyB continued to fall on Friday, down a further 0.3% in early trading as the wide reaching effects of recent events takes its toll.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns 39.1% of BSkyB, has offered 700p a share for the remainder of the satellite broadcaster.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the bid to be refered to the Competition Commission.
News of the World will publish it's final edition on Sunday after becoming embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal that could have involved some 4,000 targets.
Mr Miliband has also called for Rebekah Brook to be held accountable for the goings on whilst she was editor at the paper.
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