In accordance with Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended, the Minister was notified on 10 April 2017 of the proposed acquisition of sole control of Sky plc by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. This followed the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the European Commission.
In accordance with the Act, the Department undertook a 'Phase 1' examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the state. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on 23 June 2017, that the proposed media merger will not adversely affect the plurality of media in the state and, as such, that it may be put into effect.
Copies of the letters containing the Minister's determination can be found below:
Minister's Determination to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
Minister's Determination to Sky plc
Phase 1 Examination Part 1
Phase 1 Examination Part 2