The European Commission has postponed its hearing into the proposed Sony-BMG merger until June 14-15. The Commission had <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/global/article_display.jsp?

The European Commission has postponed its hearing into the proposed Sony-BMG merger until June 14-15.

The Commission -- the European Union's executive authority -- had originally scheduled the hearing for the week before, but realized that date would not have given the parties enough time to prepare.

The hearing is a chance for Sony and BMG to respond to the Commission's initial concerns about the merger, which were communicated last month in a Statement of Objections.

Sony and BMG will prepare a written defense and present the main points orally at the hearing. Other parties expected to attend include representatives of EU governments and music-industry groups such as independent labels' body Impala.

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