Washington, D.C. 20549

                            Report of Foreign Issuer

                      Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                   For the month of April 2003 (April 9, 2003)

                          THE NEWS CORPORATION LIMITED
                              (Name of Registrant)

             2 Holt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2010, Australia
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F

                              Form 20-F X    Form 40-F

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information
contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the
Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                              Yes ___        No   X

If "Yes" is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant in
connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): Not Applicable

          On April 9, 2003, General Motors Corporation ("GM") and its subsidiary
Hughes Electronics Corporation ("Hughes"), together with The News Corporation
Limited ("News"), announced the signing of definitive agreements that provide
for the split-off of Hughes from GM and the simultaneous sale of GM's 19.9
percent (19.9%) economic interest in Hughes to News. In addition, pursuant to
these agreements, News would acquire an additional 14.1 percent (14.1%) stake in
Hughes from holders of GM Class H common stock through a merger of Hughes and a
wholly-owned subsidiary of News, with Hughes as the surviving corporation. See
the selected transaction documents attached as Exhibits hereto, each of which
is hereby incorporated by reference.


      This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of securities in
any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful
prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such
jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a
prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended.

This communication contains statements that constitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties,
and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial
community and rating agency perceptions of the company and its business,
operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates and the
factors described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations"
contained therein. The company disclaims any obligation to update the
forward-looking statements contained herein.

In connection with the proposed transactions, News, GM and Hughes will file
relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"),
including one or more registration statement(s) that contain a prospectus and
proxy/consent solicitation statement. Investors and security holders are urged
to read these documents (if and when they become available) and any other
relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements
to those documents, because they will contain important information. Investors
and security holders may obtain these documents free of charge at the SEC's
Internet web site at The documents may also be obtained free of
charge by directing such request to: News America Incorporated, 1211 Avenue of
the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Investor
Relations. Such documents are not currently available.


      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                            THE NEWS CORPORATION LIMITED

Date: April 14, 2003                   By:  /s/ Arthur M. Siskind
                                            Arthur M. Siskind

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX


A.        Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of April 9, 2003, by and among The
          News Corporation Limited, Hughes Electronics Corporation and General
          Motors Corporation

B.        Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of April 9, 2003, by and among
          Hughes Electronics Corporation, The News Corporation Limited, and GMH
          Merger Sub, Inc.

C.        Separation Agreement, dated as of April 9, 2003, by and between
          General Motors Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation

D.        Form of Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Hughes
          Electronics Corporation