21st Century Fox has defended its £11.7bn takeover bid for broadcaster Sky after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she was “minded” to intervene in the deal after concerns about about media plurality and broadcasting standards.
Ms Bradley has been weighing up whether to refer the deal to Ofcom after warning it could pose “public interest considerations” that warranted further investigation.
One concern is that the merger would give businessman Rupert Murdoch too much control over the British media as both Sky and Fox are controlled by Mr Murdoch, who also owns News UK, publisher of the Times and the Sun newspapers.
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