Ofcom steps up 'fit and proper' Sky probe
Ofcom has set up a dedicated team to investigate BSkyB's status as a "fit and proper" owner of a broadcasting licence, in light of the conduct of its 39.1% shareholder News Corporation and chairman James Murdoch.
It emerged that the media regulator has stepped up its interest in the "fit and proper" investigation it started last year, after a Freedom of Information request by the Financial Times.
The team, called Project Apple, was set up in January to scrutinise material emerging from the Leveson inquiry into press practices and police investigations into phone hacking and corrupt payments to public officials, according to Ofcom minutes.
Having been on the verge of achieving a full takeover of Sky in June 2011 with Ofcom's blessing, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and his heir apparent now find their involvement with the satellite broadcaster under the regulator’s microscope.
James Murdoch last week stepped down as chairman of News International, the UK newspaper publisher at the centre of the phone hacking scandal and subsequent police investigations.
Sky declined to comment.
Follow Daniel Farey-Jones on Twitter @danfareyjones
This article was first published on mediaweek.co.uk
- Account Manager fishtank £30000 - £35000 per annum, Marlow
- Digital Project Manager Stopgap £180 - £250 per annum, London
- Product Marketing Manager Blue Skies Marketing Recruitment £45000 - £50000 per annum, Banbury
- Digital Planner Stopgap £300 per day, London
- Digital / Mobile Display Planner Buyer Digital Gurus £20000 - £32000 Per Annum, London
- Virgin Media 'night owl' ad to break in Gogglebox
- Johnnie Walker calls global ad review
- Adam & Eve/DDB wins 2014 IPA Effectiveness Awards Grand Prix
- Testicular cancer awareness campaign launches comedy show
- Enjoyed getting an hour back on Sunday? You'll get years back if you stop smoking, says charity
- Tiffany & Co hires MEC for $100m global media