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Mar 17, 2017

At least someone is willing to challenge the Murdochs’ expansionist agenda

Ofcom will conduct a review of whether Sky and its chairman James Murdoch are “fit and proper” to hold and operate a UK broadcasting licence.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

At least the Poms are prepared to have a review of the US$18 billion bid for Sky from 21st Century Fox. In Australia, the Turnbull government and Nick Xenophon are negotiating a dodgy trade-off: tighter gambling advertising restrictions against easing the already weak media ownership laws in Australia that will allow the Murdoch’s other company, News Corp, the ability to further increase its control over the Australian media — whether it is print, broadcast, radio or online.

The federal government will introduce its media laws into the Senate on Monday as it tries to give Nick Xenophon and his party tougher restrictions on gambling ads on TV (while offering the TV industry a one-off hit from eliminating TV licence fees). Easing the “voices” or cross-media laws will allow News Corp to cement its control over the faltering Ten Network and to buy the Nova radio network from Lachlan Murdoch.

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