21st Century Fox: Sky

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect of Rupert Murdoch's bid for Sky TV on media plurality.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

On 16 March 2017, the Secretary of State made a statement to Hon. Members [Official Report - Vol 623 col 556] that she had intervened in the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by 21st Century Fox Inc on media public interest grounds and had issued a European Intervention Notice (EIN). Ofcom will consider any possible effects of 21st Century Fox Inc's bid for Sky plc on media plurality in their report on the media public interests mentioned in the EIN. Ofcom will now submit their report by 20 June 2017.

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