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23 April 2017 10:14 (South Africa)

British media petitions against Murdoch's BSkyB deal

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Diverse media houses in Britain, including such unlikely bedfellows as The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and the BBC have joined forces in lobbying against media mogul Rupert Murdoch's proposed takeover of BSkyB. Murdoch's company, News Corporation, currently owns 39% of Sky, but has proposed an £8 billion buyout that would see it take full ownership of the broadcaster. This would expand Murdoch's media empire, which already includes the Sun, the News of the World, the Times and book publisher HarperCollins. The media houses against his latest deal have signed a petition to business secretary Vince Cable, drawing attention to the "far-reaching consequences for media plurality", should he effect the takeover. Read more: The Guardian

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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