Murdoch Sky bid: government faces urgent question

Such a merger would bring together the company behind Fox News with the largest pay-TV broadcaster in Britain to create the most powerful group in the UK. Any review could look at media plurality issues, impartiality and also whether company executives should face a fit and proper person test.


Kevin Brennan, shadow arts and heritage minister, tabled an urgent question on Monday morning after the proposed takeover was announced late on Friday.


Media regulator Ofcom could then carry out a public interest test on the £11.2bn offer from the media mogul’s film and television group for the 61% of Sky it does not already own.


If the takeover to create Britain’s largest media company is confirmed, culture minister Karen Bradley will have 10 working days to decide whether to issue a public interest intervention notice.


The government is facing an urgent question from Labour in parliament about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take full control of the satellite broadcaster Sky amid mounting concern that the deal could go ahead unchallenged.



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