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Update on proposed Sky/Fox merger

Discussion in 'Tech News feeds.' started by Topper, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Topper

    Topper Amo Amas Amant Admin Staff Member

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    Mr Speaker, I am here to give an update on the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky Plc, and my decision whether or not to refer the transaction for a full 6 month investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

    I should first remind the House that in my quasi-judicial role I must:

    1. Come to a decision on the basis of relevant evidence;
    2. Act independently in a process that is fair and impartial; and
    3. Take my decision as promptly as is reasonably practicable.
    I am committed to transparency and openness in this process and have been clear my decisions can only be influenced by facts, not opinions - and by the evidence, not who shouts the loudest.

    Broadcasting standards
    I have taken careful account of all relevant representations and Ofcom’s advice and have, today - as required by the legislation - written to the parties to inform them I am now minded-to-refer the merger to the CMA on the grounds of genuine commitment to broadcasting standards.

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    Llew cerca trova... Staff Member

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    So it's not just media plurality, but broadcasting standards that will be referred to the CMA now also, because I suppose of possible 'Foxification' of Sky News.

    Seems Ed Miliband's campaign has been taken notice of by the Culture Secretary.
     

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