The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition of Sky Plc by 21st Century Fox, Inc on the grounds of media plurality and a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards.
How and when you can contribute to the CMA’s inquiry
See our information page for details on how and when you can contribute to the CMA’s inquiry.
Date of referral: 20.9.17
Statutory deadline: 6.3.18
Next milestone: Provisional findings due in January 2018
- Full administrative timetable (updated 6.12.17)
For general enquiries please contact FoxSky@cma.gsi.gov.uk
The publication of the evidence of any party on the CMA’s webpages does not indicate in any way endorsement by the CMA of the views expressed in the evidence or acceptance of that evidence. Publication in this way is designed to assist public understanding of the issues.
Hearing transcripts and summaries
- Fox independent director (8.11.17)
- Sky independent directors (8.11.17)
- Andrew Neil (8.11.17)
- Avaaz, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Hacked Off, Media Matters for America, Media Reform Coalition, and 38 Degrees (23.11.17)
- BBC (23.11.17)
- BuzzFeed (14.11.17)
- Daily Mail and General Trust (23.11.17)
- David Yelland (14.11.17)
- Guardian Media Group (23.11.17)
- IMPRESS and IPSO (14.11.17)
- ITN (14.11.17)
- Legal and General (8.11.17)
- Leo Watkins (23.11.17)
- MFS Investment Management (14.11.17)
- News UK (14.11.17)
- Royal London Asset Management (8.11.17)
- Rt Hon. Ed Miliband, Rt Hon. Lord Falconer, Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke, Lord Puttnam CBE, Rt Hon. Sir Vince Cable (23.11.17)
- Sir Peter Stothard (23.11.17)
- Templeton Global Advisors (23.11.17)
- The Independent (8.11.17)
- The Sun (14.11.17)
- The Times (14.11.17)
- Wigdor LLP, Kelly Wright, Jessica Golloher (27.11.17)
- Avaaz (27.11.17)
- Rt Hon. Ed Miliband, Rt Hon. Lord Falconer, Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke, Rt Hon. Sir Vince Cable (27.11.17)
- Fox (PDF, 3.1 MB) (14.11.17)
- Media Matters for America (14.11.17)
Substantive responses to issues statement
- Fox (7.11.17)
- Sky (7.11.17)
- 38 Degrees (7.11.17)
- A member of the public (7.11.17)
- Avaaz – letter, broadcasting standards submission, common control submission, corporate governance submission (PDF, 1 MB) (8.11.17)
- Axis Management (PDF, 10 MB) (7.11.17)
- Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom – response, Annex (7.11.17)
- Douglas Wigdor, Wigdor LLP (7.11.17)
- Dr Stephen Cushion (7.11.17)
- Former News International employee (7.11.17)
- George Hosking OBE (7.11.17)
- Hugh Sheppard (7.11.17)
- James Curran (7.11.17)
- Media Matters (7.11.17)
- Media Reform Coalition & Avaaz (7.11.17)
- National Union of Journalists (7.11.17)
- Professor Jonathan Hardy (7.11.17)
- Professor Steven Barnett (7.11.17)
- Rt Hon Ed Miliband, Sir Vince Cable, Lord Falconer & Rt Hon Ken Clarke – letter, overview, submission (PDF, 1.1 MB) (7.11.17)
- Stephen Hornsby – response, article (PDF, 1.5 MB) (7.11.17)
- Summary of confidential substantive responses (7.11.17)
- Summary of non-substantive responses (14.11.17)
- Voice of the Listener and Viewer (7.11.17)
Roundtable discussion on media plurality
- List of attendees and biographies (8.11.17)
- Attendee declaration of interests (8.11.17)
- Transcript of roundtable discussion on media plurality (8.11.17)
- Enders Analysis further submission on UK news websites (8.11.17)
- Fox submission on media plurality (PDF, 5 MB) (10.10.17)
- Fox submission on broadcasting standards (10.10.17)
- Sky submission on media plurality and broadcasting standards (PDF, 1 MB) (10.10.17)
10 October 2017: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might adversely affect the 2 public interest considerations – media plurality in the UK and a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards – but it does not set out findings or conclusions.
- Issues statement (10.10.17)
- Issues statement response template (Word) (10.10.17)
- Press release: Fox/Sky: CMA publishes statement of issues for investigation (10.10.17)
Further detail on how to submit information to the CMA in response to the issues statement is available on the information page
Working arrangements between Ofcom and the CMA
- Letter setting out agreed basis for the provision of information and assistance by Ofcom to the CMA (27.9.17)
- Information request from the CMA to Ofcom (10.10.17)
- Ofcom first response to CMA information request (10.10.17)
- Ofcom second response to CMA information request (10.10.17)
- Information request from the CMA to Ofcom regarding comScore data (7.11.17)
- Information request from the CMA to Ofcom regarding data on breaches of the Broadcasting Code – one of two (7.11.17)
- Information request from the CMA to Ofcom regarding data on breaches of the Broadcasting Code – two of two (7.11.17)
- Information request from the CMA to Ofcom regarding sections 5 and 6 of the Broadcasting Code (14.11.17)
CMA staff disclosure
- CMA staff disclosures (20.9.17)
Inquiry group appointed
20 September 2017: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group.
Terms of reference
20 September 2017: The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has referred Fox’s acquisition of Sky to the CMA for a phase 2 in-depth investigation on the grounds of media plurality and a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards.
- Terms of reference (20.9.17)
- News story: Fox/Sky deal referred to CMA for in depth investigation (20.9.17)
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|20 September||Referral made by Secretary of State|
|20 June 2017||Deadline for the CMA to report to the Secretary of State|
|16 to 30 March 2017||Invitation to comment|
|16 March 2017||Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s European intervention notice|
CMA reports to the Secretary of State
20 June 2017: The CMA has delivered its report on jurisdictional matters to the Secretary of State. For further information, please see the statement from the Secretary of State.
Jurisdictional matters: the CMA’s role
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will report on jurisdictional matters, that is whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a European relevant merger situation. Further information on the CMA’s role is described in Mergers: Guidance on the CMA’s jurisdiction and Procedure (CMA2).
Media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards: Ofcom’s role at phase 1
Ofcom’s role at phase 1 described in its Guidance note for public interest test on the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. of 16 March 2017. Further background information is available on Ofcom’s website.
Further information and documents relating to the phase 1 investigation are available on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport webpages on the proposed merger between Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and Sky plc.
Published: 16 March 2017
Updated: 6 December 2017
Opened: 16 March 2017
- Timetable updated.
- Hearing transcript and further submissions published.
- Hearing transcripts and summaries published.
- Hearing transcripts and summaries, further submissions, summary of non-substantive responses to issues statement, and letter to Ofcom published.
- Hearing transcripts and summaries, media plurality roundtable discussion details, and response to issues statement published.
- Substantive responses to issues statement and information request letters to Ofcom published.
- Issues statement, initial submissions, and information request letters published.
- Timetable and letter setting out working arrangements between Ofcom and the CMA published.
- Referral made by Secretary of State.
- CMA reports to the Secretary of State.
- Timetable updated.
- First published.