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NUJ welcomes Sky bid announcement

29 June 2017

The NUJ welcomes Ofcom’s recommendation that the Sky bid be referred to the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Ofcom concluded there were public interest concerns about Rupert Murdoch’s proposed merger of 21st Century Fox Inc and Sky plc, particularly related to the potential increase in the Murdoch family’s influence on the news agenda and political process.

The Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, may refer the bid on the grounds of media plurality and will first allow the parties directly involved another opportunity to make representations to her. She will make a final decision about the referral following the closing date of submissions on Friday 14 July.

However, the union is disappointed that Ofcom has concluded there were no concerns about broadcasting standards or corporate governance.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ acting general secretary, said:

"The Fox Sky bid referral to the UK Competition and Markets Authority must go ahead. We call on the Secretary of State to open up this process and to give the public the opportunity to respond to the Ofcom report. The union remains fundamentally opposed to this bid. Our opposition is based on a concern to protect the public interest. Karen Bradley must act independently in this matter and must not allow the further diminution of media diversity in the UK."

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