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To Matt Hancock

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Dear The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP,

We understand the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has delivered its final report to you on whether Rupert Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox should be allowed to buy the 61% of Sky it does not already own.

As you will know, in its interim report, the CMA found that the 21st Century Fox takeover of Sky would give the Murdoch family too much control over news providers and therefore too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda. Unless you have cast iron guarantees* that the Murdochs will not be able to exert any influence over Sky News, we urge you to block the merger.

We will be closely watching your decision, and the steps you choose to take.


38 Degrees members
Media Reform Coalition


*Guarantees include:

  • If Sky News is sold to Disney, banning members of the Murdoch Family Trust from taking up appointments on the Disney Board, or increasing their collective shareholding beyond 5%
  • If Sky News is not sold to Disney, ensuring Rupert Murdoch fully divests Sky News - not ‘softer’ options like ‘firewalling’.
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