Murdoch pulls Fox News from Sky platform as United Kingdom mulls takeover deal

Murdoch pulls Fox News from Sky platform as United Kingdom mulls takeover deal

Sky will stop broadcasting Rupert Murdoch's right-wing United States channel Fox News in the UK after 15 years because it is no longer seen as commercially viable. In June, Culture Minister Karen Bradley said she was inclined to refer the matter on for additional study on whether the Murdoch clan would have too much control of the United Kingdom media landscape.

Fox News has been in the spotlight over the past year as United Kingdom media regulator Ofcom looking into various complaints against the channel and making some rulings against it. "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the United Kingdom".

The company owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch said it made the decision because Fox News is geared toward USA markets and was not viewed by many people in the United Kingdom. "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the United Kingdom".

"We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the United Kingdom".


After 15 years of airing across the pond, Fox News is leaving Britain, TheWrap has confirmed.

Ofcom, the media regulator, has already made a number of rulings against Fox News' broadcasts, which had four breaches of license and Ofcom's codes and rules previous year. Given the low viewership and the fat Fox News does not tailor the feed for the United Kingdom market, it was an easy call to yank the feed from Sky.

Mostly notable it was heavily criticised by Ofcom for an interview with a U.S. guest in January 2015 where he claimed Birmingham was a city "where non-Muslims just simply don't go".

Ofcom, which has examined Fox's proposed takeover of Sky, filed a report to the government saying that it found "there are no broadcasting standards concerns which may justify a reference by the secretary of state to the Competition and Markets Authority". Fox now owns 39 percent of the U.K. TV giant.

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