Murdoch’s Sky bid likely to be referred to competition authorities

Culture secretary Karen Bradley announces decision after Ofcom warns of potential for Murdoch to ‘influence the overall news agenda’

Rupert Murdoch’s plans for the £11.7bn takeover of Sky have been set back after the culture secretary accepted there were serious concerns over handing him and his family “increased influence over the UK news agenda and the political process”.

Karen Bradley told the Commons that she accepted a recommendation from Ofcom to call in the Competition and Markets Authority to conduct a further six-month examination of the deal because of the “material influence” that the Murdoch family would have as a result.

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