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As hinted over the last few weeks, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has officially asked broadcast regulator Ofcom to consider the public interest aspects of 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky.
Sky logo 17 March 2017On 3 March, when the UK Government formally notified the European Commission of the 21st Century Fox acquisition of the pay-TV giant, Bradley noted that the deal, which will see 21st Century Fox make a second attempt to buy the shares in Sky that it does not already own, had potential public interest issues. She has now requested Ofcom to report by 16 May 2017 on the effects of the proposed transaction on two public interest grounds: media plurality, and commitment to broadcast standards.

The public interest test that Ofcom has been asked to make will assess whether a licensee is fit and proper are separate legal processes. However, Ofcom noted that the issues it has been required to consider in the public interest may overlap with its own consideration of Sky’s fitness to hold broadcasting licences in the event of a change of control.

Ofcom has now published a guidance note setting out the process and timetable for preparing its report on the public interest considerations set out by Bradley. Ofcom has also published an invitation to comment, and invites written submissions to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 March 2017.
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