Date

Tue - 21.11.2017


BSkyB

A little over a month ago, James Murdoch stepped down as chairman of News International. Now it has been announced that he is resigning as BSkyB chairman too. The Guardian writes that Nicholas Ferguson will replace James Murdoch as chairman of the UK satellite company as it continues to assessed by OfCom to determine whether it is a “fit and proper” broadcaster in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at News International.

News International chief executive Tom Mockridge has been named as the new BSkyB deputy chairman. James Murdoch will continue as non-executive director of the company, said BSkyB in a statement, quoted in full by The Guardian. He will also continue in his role as deputy chief operating officer of News Corp.

In the statement, Murdoch explained that "as attention continues to be paid to past events at News International, I am determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this company.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-04-03 17:37

A great debate over media concentration has been taking place in the UK as News Corp bids to buy BSkyB, whose properties include 24-hour news channel Sky News. News Corp already owns 39% of BSkyB, more commonly referred to as Sky, and there has been much opposition to allowing the purchase of the remainder of the company.

News Corp, via its subsidiary News International, owns The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The News of the World, which account for about 37% of the national newspaper market. Sky is the UK's largest pay TV platform, reaching one third of all homes. As well as news, it focuses on sports, films and entertainment. It also has a significant radio news presence. Combined, News Corp and BSkyB would have a turnover of £7.5bn, compared to the BBC's £4.8bn.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-23 16:17

Virgin Media Inc. has announced three prospective buyers for its VMtc channels, Reuters reported Tuesday. The company revealed Channel 4, Time Warner Inc and BSkyB as the three groups who had qualified for the second round of the sale of VMtv.

The sale sees Virgin Media looking to separate VMtv from its television portfolio, while retaining its UKTV enterprise which includes BBC and BBC worldwide. The two BBC channels are valued at around £400 million.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-05-12 13:06

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