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UK Says Fox Must Sell Sky News to a Third Party

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UK Says Fox Must Sell Sky News to a Third Party

UK Says Fox Must Sell Sky News to a Third Party

To make things even more interesting, U.K.'s culture minister also said Comcast's bid to buy the European broadcaster could move forward.


UK Says Fox Must Sell Sky News to a Third Party

The U.K. government cleared the way Tuesday for 21st Century Fox's planned takeover bid for European broadcaster Sky.   U.K. Culture Minister Matt Hancock  indicated the deal  could move forward on the condition that Fox sells Sky News to a suitable third party.  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox currently has a 39 percent stake in Sky, and it's been trying to acquire the rest for a while now.  But regulators  have been concerned  that the Fox-Sky deal was "not in the public interest" and would give Murdoch too much control over British media and too much influence on politics.

So back in April, Fox proposed selling Sky's news business to The Walt Disney Co.  In a statement  about Hancock's announcement Tuesday, Fox said it's "confident that we will reach a final decision clearing our transaction." To make things even more interesting, Hancock also said Comcast's  roughly $30 billion  bid to buy Sky would be allowed to proceed.  If the U.K. government ultimately signs off on Fox's proposed third-party buyer for Sky News, the next step in this takeover would most likely be a bidding war between Fox and Comcast. 

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