back to article Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority regulator today. Culture secretary Karen Bradley announced the decision after considering an investigation into the takeover by the media watchdog Ofcom, which found the deal might influence the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He didn't win the Tories the election...

    ...so this is his reward.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: He didn't win the Tories the election...

      This is one area where they should take back control: British media owned by British people paying British taxes.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: He didn't win the Tories the election...

        British media owned by British people paying British taxes.

        What, like a formerly Russian oligarch who having laundered all his money out of the FSU, took up UK citizenship, and bought himself a newspaper? Would he count as "British" enough?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: What, like a formerly Russian oligarch

          Nice whataboutism

        2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
          Unhappy

          "British media owned by British people paying British taxes."

          Or the Daily Express, based actually in Fwance.

      2. Mike Richards Silver badge

        Re: He didn't win the Tories the election...

        Just like the American law that forced him to become a naturalised citizen so he could get Fox Broadcasting.

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: He didn't win the Tories the election...

      I love the way this is handles in Channel 4's satire The Scoop. Murdoch knows the influence of his papers his limited but he also knows that the politicians will do anything to get on his good side: very much a case of win-win for him.

  2. DJV Silver badge

    Good

    Hopefully, they'll reject his bid altogether. We need LESS of Murdoch's vile influence, not more.

    1. Mark 110 Silver badge

      Re: Good

      Seconded

  3. djstardust Silver badge

    NowTV

    Just had a real bad experience with NowTV.

    When my first 3 month free pass ran out I paid for one month at £6.99 then bought a box with a 6 month pass. I logged it in the site and got a renewal date in August which was fine. I have now noticed my card has been charged £6.99 every month and all records of the pass have disappeared.

    I contacted CS with the proof of purchase and the box serial number but was told a manager would get back to me by email. That was 9 days ago and I'm still waiting. Every time I contact live chat I'm told I will get a response within 24 hours and it never happens. Dealing with Indian online support is about as much fun as dipping your testicles in a bucket of sulphuric acid.

    This is a ridiculous situation, and you can't complain as the agent won't escalate to a manager. The first agent today cut me off after 20 minutes of chat so I had to go through it all over again to be told exactly the same thing.

    I know it doesn't matter to those in charge as they are hidden away, but treating customers like this is embarrassing at best. Companies like this should go to the wall, not get stronger. Bastards!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: NowTV

      Dealing with Indian online support is about as much fun as dipping your testicles in a bucket of sulphuric acid.

      C'mon, we all want to know how YOU know this.

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: NowTV

      @ djstardust

      Next chat simply ask "What's the address of your registered office? I need it in order to address my Small Claims Court summons."

    3. Halfmad

      Re: NowTV

      I recently got a box with a 3 month pass for £10 in sainsburys. I've cancelled my current subscription and will then register a new account to claim the 3 month pass.

      Should be noted that Now TV and sky share customer information.

    4. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: NowTV

      As with cheap printers, you might as well just buy a new box.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why not just say NO?

    How hard can it be, instead of faffing around with endless CC referrals? Dont OFCOM have enough balls to do that ? The rotten walnut face must die and his empire broken up !

    1. IHateWearingATie

      Re: Why not just say NO?

      Its all about ensuring the right process is followed, or OFCOM will have legal challenges coming out of their ears.

      Rule of law is still one of the things that we try and uphold.

    2. simonb_london

      Re: Why not just say NO?

      Agreed the evil prune-faced slug must be stopped.

    3. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: Why not just say NO?

      May I venture to suggest that not enough plain brown envelopes of the right thickness have not been given to the right people.

      No proof but ... :)

    4. Halfmad

      Re: Why not just say NO?

      You require a politician to say no to the media? are you mad?

      He'll get enough stick for referring this to the competition regulator.

  5. Nolveys Silver badge
    Windows

    I really hope he dies soon.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      How do you know he hasn't already?

      Reanimation...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      >I really hope he dies soon.

      I didn't think you could kill the undead ?

    3. ColonelClaw

      Whilst I certainly don't wish death on anyone, I wouldn't exactly be sad should it happen.

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    1. Detective Emil

      Re: An Empire....

      The Premier League challenged the pub landlady in using a Greek TV Decoder, and i am not sure where the £8,000 fines came from.

      Ah. That's copyright. A related bucket of sulphuric acid, but one for which the blame cannot entirely be laid at Murdoch's door. Which isn't to say that his companies don't milk it for all it's worth, and don't lobby against its weakening. (By, for example, the European Union. Don't worry: Blighty will soon be free of all that.)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: An Empire....

      "The Premier League challenged the pub landlady in using a Greek TV Decoder."

      It's risible that they did this when you look at the ludicrous sums of money casually sprinkled throughout this page:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/gossip

  7. Thoguht Silver badge

    I'm sure I can remember the good old days when mergers got referred to the regulators if the combined company would end up with a presence in more than one medium, let alone all of them.

  8. Paul 195

    Astonishingly, the implication of this is that they passed the "fit and proper owner" test. The people who presided over the 'phone hacking scandal, with James Murdoch apparently knowing nothing about what was going on in the organization he was running at the time. Still, if pornographer Richard Desmond is fit and proper to own Channel 5, maybe the bar is set pretty low.

  9. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Culture secretary Karen Bradley

    Shouldn't her title be Secretary of Fun in elReg speak?

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Culture secretary Karen Bradley

      Except in the period of "getting on with the job" Mrs May has outlawed fun because she doesn't have any and doesn't see why anyone else should!

      1. Red Ted
        Go

        Re: Culture secretary Karen Bradley

        "...I've just had an unhappy love affair, and don't see why anyone else should have a good time"!

  10. wolfetone Silver badge

    I heard he's being consoled by the bosom of Jerry Hall right now.

    You won't see that on the front page of The S*n though.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge
      Coat

      "You won't see that on the front page of The S*n though."

      Which - the bosom or the consolation.

      Not the one with a copy of the Sun in the pocket.

  11. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    I can't tell you how disappointed I am to hear this. Because I'm not.

  12. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

    Shirley....

    there is some legal way that the entire UK Murdoch empire can be seized by the state and put to good use? Perhaps set up an alternative BBC? Commercially funded (as is Sky) but with the same public service objectives as the Beeb, and competing with them with more 'commercial' offerings? (International under-30 female mud-wrestling? Love Ikea Store? Love VW Campervan?) Obviously they might need tightening up, as the Beeb still seem to have a problem with accepting that balanced and impartial does not mean giving equal airtime to a geographer and a flat-earther, or giving Farage the oxygen of publicity.

  13. Slx

    Given the way the print media in the UK seems to think its job is to back parties and pursue ideological agendas, I don't really see why this merger isn't something to be very worried about.

  14. Spencer Tomlinson

    Who will suffer!

    If the British language has not been decimated enough, we offer up a News paper with a reading age of Seven years old I.E: a normal Seven year olds vocabulary would understand the long words, however it's not to say that the Sun does not lean heavily on a farcically limited dialogue it promotes zero copula and hatchet jobs on language too. Now move that to Sky television and the English language is lost altogether. With Sky in the pocket he will have all football, cricket, tennis, golf, F1, darts and more pay per dummy. Normal TV won't be worth the license fee. The world is full of crusty old bstrds like Bernie Ecclestein who are willing to sell their soul for a few bucks and favouritism.

    People don't buy into a company for anything other than power, influence and profit. I would not be suppressed if James Murdoch does not run for the American Prez in 5 years.

    Currently on a train on a mobile phone, don't blame the lack of English content here.... move along, nothing to see

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