(Apart from the Sky News television, the Sky group is very present in the sport and controls most of the rights of the English Premier League football
The British competition authority (CMA) estimated on Tuesday that the purchase of the Sky audiovisual group by the giant Fox, from the Murdoch family, „is not for the benefit of the public,“ according to the preliminary findings of an investigation requested by the government.
„Due to the concern about the plurality of the media, the CMA provisionally concludes that the proposed transaction is not for the benefit of the public,“ he said in a statement.
The American film and television group 21st Century Fox wants to take over 61% of the British audiovisual group Sky, which is still not controlled by some 15,000 million dollars (12,800 million euros).
But this purchase attempt causes mistrust in the United Kingdom, where the Murdoch family already owns, via News Corp, two large-circulation newspapers, The Times and The Sun.
Apart from the Sky News television, the Sky group is very present in the sport and controls most of the rights of the English Premier League football.
With the purchase of Sky by Fox, the Murdoch family „would have control over too many information channels in the United Kingdom through the different media (television, radio, internet and newspapers), which would have too much influence on public opinion and on the political agenda „, the CMA emphasizes.
The competition authority awaits the responses of „interested parties,“ especially from 21st Century Fox, before sending, by May 1, its final report to the Minister of Culture and Media, who will have the final say.
The CMA suggests three „remedies“ to avoid an increase in the influence of the Murdoch family in the British media: the prohibition of the transaction, a split of Sky News from the rest of Sky or even the sale of the information chain, the creation of a structure that protects the contents of Sky News.