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SBD/January 26, 2011/Media
Sky Sports Fires Analyst Gray After Repeated Sexist Comments
Published January 26, 2011
WORKING ON APPROVAL: The GUARDIAN's Dan Sabbagh reports Murdoch has "cancelled his visit to the Davos global economic summit in order personally to lead negotiations" with U.K. Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt in an effort to get News Corp.'s $12.7B buyout of Sky "approved by offering guarantees to safeguard Sky News' independence." News Corp. is seeking to buy the 61% in BSkyB that it does not already own. Hunt said he considered the buyout might "operate against the public interest in media plurality." For that reason, he "intended to refer the matter to the Competition Commission." But Hunt "in an unexpected move ... said he would consider an undertaking from News Corp that the company 'could sufficiently alleviate the concerns' he had." Such a move would allow Hunt to "accept its undertakings rather than make a reference to the commission" (GUARDIAN, 1/26).