UK culture secretary throws Murdochs a lifeline to Sky | AP entertainment

UK culture secretary throws Murdochs a lifeline to Sky | AP entertainment

UK culture secretary throws Murdochs a lifeline to Sky | AP entertainment

In a statement issued Tuesday, Fox said it had already submitted proposals to the United Kingdom government detailing how it would pass along Sky News to Disney.

Rupert Murdoch faces a 22 billion pound fight with USA cable company Comcast for European pay-TV company Sky after Britain cleared his bid providing he sells off its TV news business.

In a statement to lawmakers, Matt Hancock said he agreed with competition regulators that Fox's proposal to sell Sky News is the best way to address public interest concerns.

Hancock has asked his officials to begin immediate discussions with the parties to finalise the details with a view to agreeing an acceptable form of the remedy, so that he could be confident Sky News can be divested in a way that works for the long term.

However, US media giant Comcast waded into the bidding in February with a £22bn offer for Sky, trumping Fox's offer, which valued the broadcaster at £18.5bn. The stock rose 0.3 percent to 13.54 pounds at 3:30 London on Tuesday.

Britain's Culture Secretary Mark Hancock has given the government's go-ahead for bids by U.S. media conglomerates Comcast and 21 Century Fox to bid for the rights to take over the United Kingdom broadcaster Sky.

Comcast's cash offer values each Sky share at £12.50, which is significantly higher than Fox's offer of £10.75. It has more than 22 million customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Amazon and Netflix are ascendant, the old order is being shaken-up.

'We now look forward to engaging with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and we are confident that we will reach a final decision clearing our transaction, ' Fox said in a statement. Murdoch plans to sell Sky to Disney as part of a $52 billion sale of most of Fox, which Comcast is now also trying to buy.

The fate of the British Broadcaster has been under a cloud as the UK's media regulator previously recommended against allowing media mogul Rupert Murdoch's business interests to acquire full ownership.

The decisions meant that a "bidding war is on the horizon", said opposition deputy leader Tom Watson, a staunch critic of Mr Murdoch who co-wrote a book about a phone hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World newspaper in 2011.

Fox made a bid for Sky in late 2016 which raised questions around media plurality.

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