Thursday, June 29, 2017


The Ofcom papers on the Fox/Sky deal talk tough, in language that smacks of expensive legal counsel, but the way forward presented to Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is clear.

Ofcom thinks everything ought to be alright, plurality wise, if the Head of Sky News is appointed by a largely independent Editorial Board - to whom said Head of News can whinge, if he or she feels the hand of the Murdoch Family Trust on their collar. And, it suggests, Karen may wish to secure some further guarantees about maintenance of long-term funding for Sky News.

A beezer guarantee would be to appoint specific members to this Board - how about Alan Rusbridger, Baroness Chakrabarti, Jon Snow, Kevin Maguire and Owen Jones ?

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