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U.K.'s CMA Warns Fox's Takeover Of Sky Is 'Not In The Public Interest'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 24 / 18

The U.K.'s Competition & Markets Authority could block 21st Century Fox's proposed takeover of Sky after warning it is "not in the public interest" because it would give Rupert Murdoch and his family "too much control over Britain's news media," according to Jack Torrance of the London TELEGRAPH...

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