Murdochs’ Sky takeover bid to be referred to competition watchdog

Culture secretary says she is minded to refer £11.7bn deal to regulator over media plurality and broadcasting standards

The Murdochs face the biggest investigation into their record as media owners since the Leveson inquiry after the culture secretary said their proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky should face a further six-month inquiry.

Karen Bradley surprised MPs by announcing that she was minded to refer 21st Century Fox’s planned takeover of Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority on the grounds of their commitment to broadcasting standards, as well as on the expected grounds of media plurality.

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