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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Sky / Fox Merger (24 Apr 2017)

Karen Bradley: On Thursday 16 March I intervened in the proposed acquisition of Sky by 21 Century Fox on the media public interest grounds of media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards by issuing a European Intervention Notice (EIN). The EIN triggered the requirement for Ofcom to assess and report to me on the public interest grounds specified and for the Competition and Markets Authority...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Future of Channel 4 (29 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: Since late 2015 the government has been working with Channel 4 to look at options to ensure a strong and successful future for the broadcaster. Channel 4 broadcasts a range of great content and delivers significant public value in a variety of ways. The government has therefore concluded that Channel 4’s public service model and remit would not be best served by privatisation. However,...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. I will address his final point first—the issue of Leveson—as I did last time I was at the Dispatch Box on this matter. As he will know, the consultation we launched, which closed in January, is subject to judicial review. I am therefore unable to comment on the consultation, or any aspects of it, with regard to the Leveson inquiry. I...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: As the House knows, my right hon. Friend has significant experience in matters of culture, media and sport. He is right to say that the UK is global Britain, open for business to the whole world, and that it will remain so after we have left the European Union.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I refer to my earlier comments regarding the Leveson inquiry—I hope that the hon. Gentleman will understand. I thank him for his welcome for the decision. I look forward, as he does, to seeing the reports from Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority, which will enable me to use my quasi-judicial role to make a fair and transparent decision.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. I agree that media plurality is important, which is why I have asked Ofcom to look at the proposed merger and to make a decision, on the grounds set out in the Enterprise Act 2002, about whether it will affect media plurality. Like him, I am optimistic that, following Brexit, the UK broadcasting industry will continue to thrive and to be the...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: Ofcom has assured me that it has the time and the powers that it needs, and I look forward to seeing its report in due course.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: My hon. Friend’s point is exactly what I concluded, having considered the representations. There needs to be a distinction between the work of the independent regulator in determining who is a fit and proper person to hold a broadcasting licence versus the role of the Secretary of State when it comes to determining whether a media merger can go ahead under the terms of the Enterprise Act.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for welcoming this. If he wants to make representations to me regarding the Enterprise Act and areas in which he feels changes could be made in the light of changing broadcasting and consuming habits, I will of course look at them carefully.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I agree with my hon. Friend. That was exactly the conclusion I reached when looking at the representations that I received.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: Ofcom will look at these matters and I look forward to seeing its report.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: Ofcom has a responsibility to consider on a regular basis the fit and proper person test for holding a broadcasting licence. Clearly, however, when looking at the whole media landscape—there were questions about the status of Channel 4 during oral questions—the issue of media plurality is at the forefront of my mind. That is the case when looking at the right decision to take...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Lady will probably not be surprised to hear that I have, I suspect, received more emails than even she has on this matter. I have taken note of them.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: My hon. Friend makes an interesting suggestion, but Ofcom has reassured me that it has the time and resources required to produce a report in 40 working days. It is important to remember that we want to make sure that there is sufficient time and scrutiny, and that we provide certainty within a reasonable timeframe, so that all parties can get on with business as usual, whatever that might be.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I am getting slightly worried, because this is the second time this morning the hon. Gentleman has worked consensually with the Government, but I take note of his comments.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I am very proud of the incredibly diverse free press that we have in this country, and I want to preserve it and ensure that we can enable it to thrive. There was a question in oral questions about local newspapers, and I certainly want local newspapers, and others, to thrive. Through this process, it is important that we ensure that we have a plurality of media and broadcasting. That is why...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I am sure that Ofcom will have heard the hon. Gentleman’s comments. I hope that his comments about fit and proper persons for taxi driving is not a reflection on any experiences he may have had in the past.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: The judicial review is a matter for the courts. I am in their hands.

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: I came to the House on 6 March to give an update on the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky. At that time, I said that I was minded to issue a European intervention notice on the basis that I believed there to be public interest considerations, as set out in the Enterprise Act 2002, that may be relevant to this proposed merger and warrant further investigation. The grounds on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (16 Mar 2017)

Karen Bradley: Before I start, I remind the House that, as per today’s Order Paper, I plan to make a statement on the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky after business questions, so I will not answer any questions on the subject during oral questions this morning, but I will of course be happy to do so at the Dispatch Box later. We have been engaging with representatives from across the...


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