Fox, Sky and Murdoch: will Bradley have the courage to resist? – Steven Barnett

30 06 2017

Yesterday’s announcement by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley that she is “minded” to refer the bid by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) is welcome. Read the rest of this entry »





Full ownership of Sky will increase Rupert Murdoch’s power – Steven Barnett

4 03 2017

Now that Rupert Murdoch’s bid for complete control of Sky has been formally notified to the European Commission, the pressure is on the secretary of state, Karen Bradley, to decide whether it should be referred to the regulator Ofcom for independent investigation. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom – Martin Moore

3 03 2017

Almost seven years on from the Murdoch’s first attempt to take over the remainder of Sky, Rupert, James and Lachlan are trying again. This time they are confident of pulling it off. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Murdoch’s lobbying efforts are increasing, new analysis finds

6 02 2017

murdoch-may-1Analysis by Media Reform Coalition and 38 Degrees suggests that Murdoch’s lobbying of government intensified ahead of the recent government consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and the announcement by Murdoch’s renewed bid to take over Sky. Read the rest of this entry »





The Restoration of the House of Murdoch – Des Freedman

2 02 2016

James MurdochJames Murdoch, younger son of billionaire media mogul and keen tweeter Rupert Murdoch, has been appointed as chairman of the UK’s biggest broadcaster, BSkyB. Normally, top boardroom appointments would merit perhaps a mention in business blogs and the City pages of the press but this is more significant for what it tell us about corporate power and governance in the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »





Murdoch Buying up Murdoch – Nothing to Worry About? – Des Freedman

17 05 2014

skyitaliaPay-TV operator BSkyB has confirmed its intention to buy the share that Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns in Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Des Freedman of Goldsmiths, University of London argues that these moves to consolidate a “European” Sky might not be raising alarms at the national level, but merits intervention from European competition authorities. Read the rest of this entry »