21st Century Fox defends Sky acquisition against United Kingdom regulator pushback

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox has asked EU antitrust regulators to approve its $14.4 billion takeover bid for European pay-TV company Sky, a filing on the European Commission showed on Friday.That bid was derailed after the company – which owns The Sun and The Times – was forced to abandon the bid when it became embroiled in the phone-hacking scandal involving News International. Fox and Sky both declined to comment.Government minister Karen Bradley said she had invited representations from the companies involved, and would aim to come to a final decision on whether to intervene in the next 10 days. Khabib ‘Worried’ About Becoming Famous After UFC 209
Everything said, Kavanagh “selfishly” wants McGregor to stay in MMA and defend his title against Khabib Nurmagomedov or Nate Diaz. His opponent Tony Ferguson does freestyle training outdoors, then recovers with an ice bath. She concluded: “This is not an announcement of my final decision in relation to intervention, but an indication of what I am presently minded to do”.She plans to announce a final decision on intervention in the week commencing March 13.She added: “This ground relates to the need for persons carrying on media enterprises and, for those with control of such enterprises, to have a genuine commitment to attaining broadcasting standards objectives”.Although not referring specifically to the deal, White, speaking at the conference, said it was essential for Ofcom to strike the right balance between lacking regulatory teeth and adopting a heavy-handed approach to regulation that could threaten to stifle private sector innovation and the incentive to invest, noting that network and content providers were “jostling for position” in a market where mergers arguably may hamper competition. Anheuser-Busch InBev Polishes Off a Tough Year
It also raised its forecast for merger savings to $1.75 billion from $1.4 billion before. Even so, AB-InBev saw improving market-share trends in most key markets. Ofcom would have 40 working days to examine the deal and raise any concerns over the merger, which must then be addressed by Fox before a deal could be approved. British broadcasters face strict Ofcom impartiality rules, although in January Sky executives told The Telegraph that changes to Sky News that made it more similar to American news channels were already under way.Fox, which now owns a stake of around 39.1 in Sky, which operates in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria, has said it expects the deal to close before the end of 2017. In a conference appearance in London on Thursday, he said Fox’s takeover of Sky would be good news for the United Kingdom creative industries.James Murdoch has said no “meaningful concessions” would be required. Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Women Infected with Zika
These findings strongly emphasize the devastating effects of this mosquito-borne infection on pregnant women and their babies. Studies also have shown that Zika raised the rate of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a temporary paralysis caused by infections.