LONDON (AP) — Britain’s culture secretary has delayed any decision in the proposed merger of Sky and Twenty-First Century Fox.
Karen Bradley said Friday she would give regulators more time to offer submissions on the matter because the upcoming June 8 British election. The reports had been due in May but will now be due June 20.
Bradley says “once these reports are received, my decision-making role in this process would resume.”
The merger would help Rupert Murdoch consolidate his power base in British media. His U.S. media group Twenty-First Century Fox already owns just over 39 percent of Sky Plc.
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Earlier attempts to buy Sky were thwarted by the 2011 phone hacking scandal that rocked Murdoch’s British newspapers and led to the closing down of the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid.