United Kingdom government asks watchdog to look into Fox's bid for Sky

Xavier Trudeau
Août 9, 2017

The Government is seeking further advice from Ofcom on Rupert Murdoch's £11.7 billion swoop for Sky after receiving "new evidence and comments".

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, who is responsible for media issues, said in July that she needed to look at the evidence received before taking a decision about the bid, which was likely to be in the next few weeks.

United Kingdom culture minister Karen Bradley said in late July she needed to more time to make a final decision on Fox's mooted $15.2 billion takeover of Europe's largest pay TV operator, and her Department for Culture, Media and Sport said today, Tuesday, that it has asked communications regulator Ofcom to look at the bid again.

In a statement, the DCMS said Ofcom had been given a two-week window in which to respond and expected a reply by no later than August 25.

"Any referral decision by the Secretary of State must be taken on the basis of a valid assessment of all the relevant evidence".

It said it wanted some clarification following a number of representations that has been made to it about Ofcom's finding in favor of the deal.

The news comes just days after calls for the United Kingdom government to deepen its probe into whether the Murdochs should be given full control of Sky following allegations that Fox News had fabricated a story in collusion with Donald Trump's White House.

Since then, the Murdoch family have piled the pressure on the Secretary of State, saying her treatment of their bid for Sky will prove a test case for how far Britain is "open for business".

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