BskyB Deal Threatens UK Media Plurality
The Centre for Investigative Journalism opposes the potential takeover of BkyB by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and fully supports the National Union of Journalists' call for intervention before the deal is finalised.
The NUJ published a press release today highlighting their concern over the deal's consequences for media plurality, reposted below. Our concerns are shared by many other organisations including the Media Reform Coalition and the Campaign for Broadcasting and Press Freedom.
If you share these concerns, sign the petition demanding Culture Secretary Karen Bradley issues a public interest intervention notice.
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 per cent of the organisation that he does not own already.
The NUJ has grave concerns about the proposal – 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.
The union is calling on the government to stop the deal until Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry has taken place.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, 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.”