was thrown back into the spotlight Tuesday after Britain
’s competition watchdog provisionally concluded that a 21st Century Fox
takeover of Sky would put too much of the news media in the hands of the Murdoch family. At the same time, London financial regulators are evaluating whether Disney
would be obliged to bid for Sky if Disney succeeds in acquiring various Fox assets and if the Fox-Sky deal fails.
The Competition and Markets Authority, or Cma
, said that Fox taking full control of Sky “is not in the public interest due to media plurality concerns.” By owning such news organizations as Sky News, the Times of London, and The Sun
, the Murdochs
would hold sway over outlets accounting for one third of news consumption in Britain.
That seems particularly perilous now in light of reports that Russia
tried to interfere in the Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential election