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Sprint forms committee, hires advisers to review Dish bid

People walk past a Sprint store in New York December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
People walk past a Sprint store in New York December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel said on Monday that its board had formed a special committee of independent directors to review Dish Network's $25.5 billion takeover bid for the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider.

Sprint had said last week that it would evaluate the Dish offer, which challenges Sprint's October agreement to sell 70 percent of its shares to Japan's SoftBank Corp for $20.1 billion.

The committee, which will be chaired by director Larry Glasscock, hired BofA Merrill Lynch as its financial adviser and Shearman & Sterling LLP a its legal counsel.

Other Sprint special committee members include James Hance, V. Janet Hill, William Nuti and Rodney O' Neal.

Sprint's shares were up a penny at $7.18 on the New York Stock Exchange in morning trading. Dish shares gained 53 cents, or about 1.2 percent, to $39.54 on Nasdaq.

(Reporting By Sinead Carew; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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