Campaigning group, Avaaz, has raised concerns about OfcomÂs decision to hand Rupert MurdochÂs 21st Century Fox the remaining 61% of Sky ownership, which they do not own already. The organisation has threatened Ofcom with a judicial review and to challenge the media regulatorÂs ruling that Sky would remain Âfit and properÂ to hold broadcasting licence under the ownership of 21st Century Fox. Instead, Avaaz claims 21st Century Fox in Âunfit and improperÂ to hold a license.
The concerns grow from the fact that, if 21st Century Fox was to take over Sky, so would Rupert Murdoch. Avaaz claim that OfcomÂs judgement was fundamentally flawed, if not in part because they have ignored the role James Murdoch would play as Chief Executive of 21st Century Fox.
It has also been pointed out that some research has to be done into the Murdoch family. Rupert Murdoch is a founder of Fox News, which has historically struggled to comply with the British broadcasting code.
Avaaz has hired solicitors, who have launched the first steps of judicial review of the Â£11.7 billion bid Murdoch made under 21st Century Fox for Sky. The solicitors have sent a letter to Ofcom, which has 14 days to respond before judicial review begins. They have acknowledged the arrival of the letter but have not yet responded.