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Fox News no longer airing in the UK

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http://thehill.com/homenews/media/348409-fox-news-no-longer-airing-in-the-uk

 

Fox News will no longer air in the United Kingdom, its parent company 21st Century Fox announced, with its U.K. feed ending Tuesday afternoon.

 

"21st Century Fox has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the U.K.," the media giant said in a statement.

 

"Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.," it continued.

 

"We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K."

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What a surprise that FNC's peddling of deliberate misinformation, conspiracy theories, and racist caricatures would rub OFCOM the wrong way.

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What a surprise that FNC's peddling of deliberate misinformation, conspiracy theories, and racist caricatures would rub OFCOM the wrong way.

 

The article doesn't say that. All it says is that viewership is too low to make it worth continuing.

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What a surprise that FNC's peddling of deliberate misinformation, conspiracy theories, and racist caricatures would rub OFCOM the wrong way.

Then I guess CNN should be taken off as well.

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The article doesn't say that. All it says is that viewership is too low to make it worth continuing.

 

Right, but the context is important here: Fox is attempting to take over all of BSkyB in the U.K.

 

There have been significant complaints to OFCOM about inciteful Islamaphobic content that has aired on FNC over the past year. Whether it was preemptively taken off air by Fox or was the result of OFCOM pressure is unknown, but it's clear that there was significant regulatory pressure that could jeopardize Fox's takeover bid. It's not just market conditions at play here.

 

Here's some choice words from Ed Milliband, former Labour leader:

 

Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader and long-time Murdoch critic, said: “This decision shows the Murdochs panicking about their bid for Sky. It amounts to an admission that despite having broadcast here year after year, Fox News is not fit for UK broadcasting in the standards and ethics of its journalism. It’s yet more proof that the Murdochs can’t be trusted to own 100% of Sky.

 

“Stopping broadcasting in the UK changes nothing. Fox News in the US is the Murdochs’ channel, they are responsible for its broadcasting standards and the appalling racial and sexual harassment that happened on their watch. The Murdochs can’t run from their record at Fox News.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/29/sky-to-stop-broadcasting-rightwing-us-channel-fox-news-in-uk

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