Rupert Murdoch will not offer new Sky deal to culture secretary

Karen Bradley’s competition referral decision now likely to come next week before parliament breaks for recess

Rupert Murdoch will not look to strike a deal with the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, to make Sky News more independent and fast-track his £11.7bn takeover of Sky.

Bradley has given 21st Century Fox, which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James, until Friday to offer further concessions to attempt to prevent the deal being referred to the Competition Markets Authority for further scrutiny.

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