Murdoch Pulls Fox News from Sky Platform as UK Mulls Takeover Deal

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A Sky spokesperson told THR, "21st Century Fox has decided they will no longer broadcast Fox News in the U.K. Sky's customers can still enjoy a wide range of dedicated national and global news channels". "Fox News is focused on the United States market and designed for a USA audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK", 21st Century Fox said in a statement. Currently, 21st Century Fox owns 39 percent of Sky TV.

The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his sons issued a statement Tuesday saying that the decision to pull the network was because of poor audience response in the U.K. Fox News Channel is the No. 1 rated cable network in the US, and is favored by viewers looking for a politically conservative take on current affairs.

"The Murdochs can't run from their record at Fox News".

The U.K.'s Fox News feed reportedly drew less than 2,000 viewers per day.

With Fox News out of the picture, it would seemingly give 21st Century Fox a better chance of taking over Sky.

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However, the channel has been put under the spotlight in the past year with Ofcom, the media regulator, making a number of rulings against Fox News broadcasts.

The Murdochs now have control over three British newspapers: The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. Bradley and Ofcom's decision on the "fit and proper" question was a victory for Fox even as the deal review was extended over media concentration concerns.

Fox said in a statement the decision was made because the channel has very little viewership and is not a money-maker for Sky. Fox ran afoul of broadcast regulations 22 times in 2016, including some crucial slip-ups just before the Brexit vote.

Last week, after Ofcom said it would review new evidence that might affect its final recommendation, it submitted a report to the British government about how to best move forward.

This is the Murdochs' second attempt to buy Sky.

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