Filed by The News Corporation Limited
                      Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
                                   and Deemed Filed Pursuant to Rule 14a-12
                                  under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                          Subject Companies: Hughes Electronics Corporation

                                                 General Motors Corporation
                                             Commission File No. 333-105851
                                             Commission File No. 333-105853


         Each year, as I have sat down to summarize for you the previous
twelve months of activity at News Corporation, I have done so with pride - but
also with some reluctance and inevitable repetition. The reluctance has come
from my belief that no single letter can accurately describe the yearlong
progress of a company as diverse and dynamic as ours. The repetition has been
my annual restatement of our Company's vision, a vision that has not changed
or blurred in the past 50 years. This consistency may not have made for
spectacular reading over the decades; however, I am pleased to report that it
has made for a spectacular company. This year, our overwhelming success
prompts me to write you with pleasure - and without reluctance - of a Company
whose yearly adherence to its vision has delivered outstanding earnings, great
strength and even greater prospects.

         Throughout News Corporation's evolution, our goal has been to create
a Company as unified, as logical and as creative as possible. Our vision has
been one of a media company that is as well-integrated as it is international;
one capable of delivering short-term results as well as building long-term
value. We have worked to build a company with the agility to seize strategic
opportunities when they arise, with the foresight to anticipate challenges and
with little patience for conventional wisdom. In fiscal 2003, that vision
translated into record results.

         Financially and operationally, the past fiscal year was the single
most successful in News Corporation's history. Our full-year revenues rose 15
percent to US$17.5 billion and our operating income increased 36 percent to a
record US$2.5 billion. We posted record profits at our film, cable television
and book publishing businesses as well as at our Australian newspapers, our
pan-Asian operations and our U.S. television stations group. We grew audiences
and market share and improved operating margins Company-wide. Our increased
cash flow enabled us to lower debt and substantially strengthen our balance
sheet. And with two major agreements forged during the year, the Company is in
excellent position - strategically as well as operationally - to build on our
success going forward.

         Perhaps most significantly, in fiscal 2003, these many gains were
         broadly distributed across all our segments. At our television
         segment, operating income rose US$393 million to US$851 million,
         spurred by dramatic improvements at the

FOX Broadcasting Company as well as the mounting success of the Fox Television
Stations and STAR. At the network, hit shows like American Idol and Joe
Millionaire helped FOX to lift full-year primetime ratings by 16 percent while
winning both the February and May sweeps among Adults 18-49 for the first time
ever. Just as important, FOX achieved ratings gains across its schedule as
shows from The Simpsons to 24 and from That `70s Show to Bernie Mac all
increased their viewership. As a result, the network finished the 2002-2003
broadcast season number one among Teens, number one among Adults 18-34 and a
very close number two among Adults 18-49.

         Meanwhile, strong advertising revenues and climbing market share
across our Fox Television Stations helped the group to post considerable gains
in revenue and operating income. By following our duopoly strategy, we have
substantially lowered operating costs and increased efficiency across our
stations group. As with any industry innovation, our duopoly efforts are a
work-in-progress; but we are greatly encouraged by the results thus far.

         And in Asia, after years of diligent work, STAR celebrated its first
full year of operating profitability. By driving up both subscription and
advertising revenues while improving efficiency, STAR posted a substantial
rise in operating income year-over-year. Furthermore, we are making great
strides in the development of Xing Kong Wei Shi, our landmark Mandarin
entertainment channel, whose popularity and distribution grew significantly
during the year. Given that development, coupled with our flourishing
operations in India, STAR is poised for growing success across the diverse and
populous markets it serves.

         Our Filmed Entertainment businesses also achieved outstanding results
in the past year as operating income reached a record US$641 million, besting
last year's record income by 36 percent. These gains were the result of our
continued creative excellence as well as better cost containment and
heightened success in capitalizing on the explosion of the home entertainment
market. Bolstering our results were the strong theatrical debut of Daredevil
in February; the record-breaking worldwide theatrical release of X2: X-Men
United in May; a reliably successful series of films including One Hour Photo,
Brown Sugar, Drumline, Just Married and Phone Booth; and the global home
entertainment performance of Behind Enemy Lines, Shallow Hal and, in
particular, the phenomenal Ice Age. Also contributing to our gains in Filmed
Entertainment was our thriving television production business, where higher
syndication profits from shows like The Simpsons, King of the Hill and X-Files
as well as revenues from our pioneering efforts in television home
entertainment combined to drive up earnings.

         But as well as our film businesses are performing, I believe the
long-term strength of our Company comes from our ability to foresee and
actively confront problems as well. In addition to repeatedly leading at the
box office during the year - with five of our movies opening the box office at
number one - News Corporation was a leader in both Hollywood and Washington in
our efforts to devise solutions to and educate the public about the threat of
digital piracy. With the urgent attention of the industry's leaders, we can
effectively combat this growing problem.

         Certainly our work in Cable Network Programming has exemplified the
Company's vision of seizing competitive opportunities. Nowhere are those
principles - and the rewards they enable - more apparent than at Fox News
Channel. Seven years ago, I was told many times by many "experts" that a
start-up news channel stood no chance against the entrenched cable news leader
and was doomed to fail. This year, Fox News celebrated its first full year as
the number-one cable news channel by more than doubling its operating income
while achieving the highest ratings growth of all news channels. In a year of
international warfare and trying global events, Fox News was not only a
valuable news source but a cultural phenomenon across the U.S.

         Meanwhile, FX improved ratings and subscribers as well as advertising
and affiliate revenues on the strength of its original movies like 44 Minutes,
which premiered to the highest ratings in the network's history, and original
series such as The Shield, which earned both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. And
Fox Sports Net's continued leadership in local sports programming drove
considerable ratings and subscriber gains during the year.

         These channels have grown to be more than individual success stories;
they have become reliable blueprints for the development of our newer cable
channels. Already our 67 percent-owned National Geographic Channel has rapidly
expanded to reach 43 million homes in the U.S., while SPEED Channel, the
premier cable channel for auto racing fans, has grown to reach 57 million. And
with the launch of our extreme sports channel, FUEL, in July 2003, we are
working to replicate the trajectory - and the leadership - of our primary
channels while striking a balance of established and emerging assets.

         One of the greatest advantages of a well-integrated worldwide company
is our ability to respond to events with international strength: to share
expertise, resources and personnel across platforms and across the globe. Just
as Fox News Channel in the U.S. and Sky News in London cooperated to produce
the most brilliant war coverage on television - and were rewarded for their
combined efforts with record viewership numbers - so did our newspapers share
their strengths in order to cover the war in Iraq with journalistic excellence
and mutual support. Across the U.K., our newspapers increased their market
share and ad revenues - although operating income for the year was brought
down by the The Sun's fighting and winning a lengthy price war initiated by
its closest competitor. Nonetheless, The Sun emerged at the end of the year
having made a great deal of hard-won progress to improve its leadership
position; and with its cover price restored, we look forward to a return to
the steady profit growth that has been the hallmark of our U.K. papers. In
Australia, our papers improved both advertising and circulation revenues to
achieve a 10 percent rise in operating income. And in the U.S., our New York
Post was the country's fastest-growing major newspaper, increasing its
circulation by more than 10 percent for the fifth six-month audit period in a
row. The Post is now the eighth-largest daily paper in the U.S., and we are
confident that, given its current momentum, it will soon be outselling its
principal rival.

         The performance of BSkyB, 35 percent-owned by News Corporation, is
yet another illustration of our vision fulfilled: of our resolve, as in our
1998 decision to convert Sky's service to digital; of our patience, given our
work over the past five expensive years to nurture the fruits of that
decision; and of the satisfaction that has come as we have seen our strategy
turn into profits. In fiscal 2003, with the platform's return to positive
earnings, BSkyB added nearly 750,000 direct-to-home satellite subscribers to
grow its subscriber base to nearly seven million. During the year, Sky
maintained its industry-low churn while launching a variety of new interactive
services that boosted revenues. As important, BSkyB is providing a model for
multi-channel television success that we can and will use to improve our
direct-to-home operations around the world.

         Indeed, our Company's integrated structure enables us to meet new
challenges with our greatest strengths and best practices culled from assets
across the globe. This is precisely what we plan to do with the two major
strategic agreements that we reached this past year: two developments that I
believe are not only positive but transformative for our Company. The first of
these significant developments was our agreement, in April, to acquire 34
percent of Hughes Electronics, including its DIRECTV platform: the leading
digital satellite television service in the U.S. Pending regulatory approvals
for the deal, which we hope to secure by the end of the calendar year, our
plan to offer enhanced interactive services, technological innovations and
improved marketing and customer service will provide both superior service for
American consumers and accelerated growth for shareholders. For News
Corporation, completing this transaction would mark the culmination of our
longtime pursuit of satellite TV distribution in the U.S. - and provide the
missing link in an unprecedented global satellite television platform.

         A second strategic objective was realized with our launch, shortly
after the close of the fiscal year, of an unprecedented satellite television
service in the Italian market. Sky Italia was created in April by merging our
Stream platform with its former rival, Telepiu. The combined platform, 80.1
percent-owned by News Corporation and 19.9 percent by Telecom Italia, began
service to more than two million subscribers in July 2003 and is already
showing signs of solid growth. Given Italy's limited free-to-air services and
absence of cable, the appetite of Italian viewers for high-quality television
and our ability to contain piracy, we have great hopes that Sky Italia will
soon become a major profit contributor.

         Both Hughes Electronics and Sky Italia, as distribution platforms,
will enhance the long-term strength of our Company as a whole, providing us
with a better balance of advertising-dependent and non-ad-dependent revenues.

         Of course, the past year was not without its hurdles. In response to
the underperformance of Gemstar-TV Guide, we set about reviving that asset's
potential with an operational and management restructuring that we are
confident will put the business back on track. Although there remains much
work to be done, progress has been made - particularly at TV Guide, whose
circulation continues to lead all other weekly magazines in the U.S.

         Across the Company, fiscal 2003 was a year in which nearly every one
of our businesses achieved substantial growth and meaningful improvements.
HarperCollins once again posted record profits and more than 150 best-selling
titles worldwide. From the increasing prominence of our Washington, D.C.-based
political magazine, The Weekly Standard, to the steady market share gains at
News America Marketing; from the Australian television leadership of FOXTEL to
the digital television innovations of NDS, all our assets performed extremely
well and have considerable operational momentum going forward.

         During a demanding year of international conflict, economic
uncertainty and fierce competition in the media industry, News Corporation has
excelled. That excellence is due to the dedication of our stable team of
managers; to the hard work and exceptional skills of our more than 35,000
employees around the world; and to the guiding vision that we first set forth
50 years ago. Among our greatest responsibilities is to continue to reward our
shareholders with strong results. And while we are proud of having fulfilled
that promise in fiscal 2003, we are more determined than ever to do so even
more rewardingly in the future.

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In connection with the proposed transactions, on August 21, 2003, General
Motors Corporation ("GM"), Hughes Electronics Corporation ("Hughes") and The
News Corporation Limited ("News Corporation") filed definitive materials with
the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including a Definitive Proxy
Statement of GM on Schedule 14A, a Registration Statement of Hughes on Form
S-4 and a Registration Statement of News Corporation on Form F-4 that contain
a consent solicitation statement of GM, a prospectus of Hughes and a
prospectus of News Corporation. Investors and security holders are urged to
read these materials, as well as any other relevant documents filed or that
will be filed with the SEC, as they become available, because these documents
contain or will contain important information. These materials and other
relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed
by GM, Hughes or News Corporation with the SEC, may be obtained for free at
the SEC's website, The documents may also be obtained free of
charge by directing such request to: News America Incorporated, 1211 Avenue of
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