The decision by regulators which Twenty-First Century Fox would likely be a “fit in addition to also proper” owner of Sky will be challenged in court, campaign group Avaaz said on Wednesday.
In a potential brand-new hurdle for the proposed $15.7 billion takeover of Sky, Avaaz said which a High Court judge had allowed the challenge to broadcast regulator Ofcom’s ruling last June which a Fox-controlled Sky would likely be a ‘fit in addition to also proper’ owner of broadcast licences in Britain.
Avaaz said the case would likely be heard before the end of June, potentially complicating an agreement to sell Sky to Fox in addition to also then on to Disney if a separate sale of tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s TV in addition to also film assets receives the green light.
The regulator said allegations of sexual in addition to also racial harassment at Fox News inside U.S. were extremely serious in addition to also disturbing, although had found no clear evidence to suggest senior executives at Fox were aware of the misconduct.
“We will defend our ‘fit in addition to also proper’ assessment, which was independent, expert in addition to also based on the evidence,” an Ofcom spokesman said in a statement.
The deal already faces various other obstacles. Last month Britain’s competition regulator said which which should be blocked unless a way is actually found to prevent Murdoch, who owns the Times in addition to also the Sun newspapers, coming from influencing Sky’s news output.