Sky’s the limit – NUJ slams tycoon’s media grab

sky-tvThe NUJ is calling on the government to stop Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky until Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry has taken place.

It has been reported that Sky and 21st Century Fox have now agreed the terms of a deal for Murdoch to buy all of BskyB and £11.7bn has been offered as the price for the 61% of the organisation he does not own already.

The NUJ has grave concerns about the proposal, saying Murdoch is not a fit and proper owner and the deal threatens media diversity and plurality in the UK.

The government’s culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has 10 days to decide whether she will ask Ofcom to examine the deal.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “It is vital that this deal is halted until part two of the Leveson Inquiry has taken place. Most of the British public do not believe that Rupert Murdoch is a fit and proper person to run BskyB, and whilst there are clear reasons of corporate opportunism that drive his desire to finally clinch this deal, there’s no benefit for the public in this takeover being given the green light. We need greater plurality in our media, not an ever-further toxic consolidation of power and control.”

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