Sky deal: Murdoch faces further delay over Fox bid


Rupert Murdoch order have to wait a few more weeks to find out whether his bid for control of Sky inclination be the subject of an in-depth competition probe.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley declared she was «still minded» to refer the bid by Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox to the Competition and Markets Word for further scrutiny.

Ms Bradley said she had not had time to consider all the arguments.

She signified her decision was likely to come in the coming weeks.

Mr Murdoch already owns 39% of the disciple broadcaster and back in December, 21st Century Fox offered £11.7bn for the put of the company.

In a statement to Parliament, Ms Bradley said: «There has not been everything to consider all the representations and I am not in a position today to make my final decision on referral.»

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She told MPs she still had concerns about the amount of hold back the deal would give Mr Murdoch over the UK media industry.

«Have in the offing carefully reviewed the party’s representations, and in the absence of further proposed tasks, I am still minded to refer on the media plurality grounds, and still grey mat not to accept the undertakings in lieu of a referral.»

Ms Bradley has already indicated that she did not focus to the deal on the grounds of broadcasting standards.

MPs, including former Labour chairman Ed Miliband and Vince Cable of the Liberal Democrats, have argued that publishing standards should be taken into account, given a recent bodily harassment scandal at Fox News in the US.

Last month Ofcom, which runs the media industry, released the results of its report into the deal.

It concluded that if Sky was owned by Fox it last wishes a still be a «fit and proper» holder of broadcast licences.

However, it identified a «gamble of increased influence by members of the Murdoch Family Trust over the UK advice agenda and the political process, with its unique presence on radio, goggle-box, in print and online».

Fox proposed measures that it argued would make a case for the editorial independence of Sky News, and Ofcom said those measures transfer «mitigate» the public interest concerns.

Fox highlighted that point in a assertion: «We are disappointed that the Secretary of State remains minded to refer on plurality,» it powered.

«We have proposed comprehensive undertakings to address the points raised by Ofcom.»

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In 2013 Mr Murdoch split his TV and film business from his newspapers, which cover the Sun, the Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The Murdoch family still has managing stakes in both News Corporation, which owns the newspapers, and 21st Century Fox which owns the other mode businesses.

Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson welcomed the delay by Ms Bradley: «It is not her job to run to 21st Century Fox’s corporate timetable — they have to abide by the parliamentary curriculum.

«And she should demonstrate to them that she, as an elected representative of the people, is in tax, not them.»

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