Rupert Murdoch

British secretary of state still mulling Fox's $15-billion bid for Sky

British secretary of state still mulling Fox's $15-billion bid for Sky

Suspense is building in Britain over whether the Murdoch family will be able to pull off its long-held dream of owning a jewel of European broadcasting, the satellite television service Sky.

Britain’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, on Thursday told members of Parliament that she needed more time to consider whether to approve the deal. She said she still leans toward requiring that 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky undergo a more rigorous regulatory review.

At issue is whether the Murdoch family would have too much influence over the flow of news and information in Britain. The New York company, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, owns...

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