Jul 13, 2018

The battle for Sky: Five reasons why it matters

Sky is "a jewel in a crown", says media analyst Alice Enders. In February, Sky Sports won the rights to UK Premier League TV packages, and Sky also licenses shows including Game of Thrones, as well as producing its own original content. No matter who wins the bidding war, Sky subscribers are likely to face higher prices, Ms Enders says. In November 2017, Rupert Murdoch threatened to close down Sky News to smooth the way for Fox to seal the deal. In negotiations with the UK government over the takeover, Fox guaranteed funding for Sky News for 15 years and its editorial independence.

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