Guardian: Labour’s Tom Watson Urges Rejection of Murdoch’s Sky Bid

A Sky logo is pictured on a sign next to the entrance to pay-TV giant Sky Plc's headquarters in Isleworth, west London on March 17, 2017. A proposed multi-billion takeover bid for European pay-TV giant Sky by 21st Century Fox will be probed by media watchdog Ofcom and the Competition …
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The Guardian has reported on the comments of Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson who has written to the competition watchdog urging it to refuse the Murdoch takeover of Sky.

The Guardian reports:

Tom Watson is to write to the competition watchdog urging it to refuse the Murdoch family’s takeover of Sky after it emerged that Fox News gave presenter Bill O’Reilly a new contract after paying $32m (£24m) to settle a sexual harassment suit against him.

Labour’s deputy leader and shadow culture secretary said the revelations showed Fox “allowed a culture of bullying to flourish” and made its parent company, the Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox, an unsuitable owner for Sky.

The fact that O’Reilly, the pugnacious and hugely popular Fox News host, was given a more lucrative contract a month after settling the harassment lawsuit, was “jaw dropping”, Watson said. “It raises yet more questions about the corporate culture at 21st Century Fox. It has now been demonstrated beyond doubt that executives at Fox News were free to act with impunity in the knowledge that their actions would go unpunished.”

Read more at The Guardian.

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