Nov 7, 2017

Sky News could be shut down if regulators block Fox takeover

Sky has threatened to close down Sky News if its ownership of the channel becomes a regulatory impediment to the proposed £11.7bn takeover of the European pay-television operator by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. Sky warned in a submission to the Competition Markets Authority, which is scrutinising the deal, that the continued operation of Sky News should not be assumed in light of concerns that the Fox takeover could harm media plurality in the UK. Sky said it would be "Review [its] position" in the event that the "Continued provision of Sky News" impeded the Fox deal or "Other corporate opportunities". Its submission comes amid ongoing questions about the Murdoch family's ability to close the deal and revelations that the family has held deal talks with Walt Disney regarding a sale of most of its assets - including its 39 per cent stake in Sky.

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