The announcement by 21st
Century Fox of its intention to buy out Sky Plc has regenerated concerns about media plurality and concentration in the UK. A new report produced by the Media Reform Coalition in conjunction with Avaaz, argues that, under the current legislative framework, there is an unprecedented case for intervention on plurality grounds and that the competition authorities should reject the acquisition in order to safeguard plurality. The data contained within the report strongly suggest that should the deal be allowed to progress, it will result in an unparalleled accumulation of media power in the hands of one family, posing a grave threat to media plurality in Britain for generations to come.
Read the full report here
Read the Guardian’s story here
UPDATE: see our rebuttal of 21st Century Fox’s initial critique of our report here