Sky 'Fit and Proper' to Hold TV Licence

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Sky 'Fit and Proper' to Hold TV Licence


Ofcom has ruled that Sky is a "fit and proper" company to hold a broadcasting licence but criticised former chairman James Murdoch's conduct in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

The media regulator launched an investigation into the satellite broadcaster after allegations that a newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns 39% of BSkyB, hacked into the voicemails of celebrities and members of the public.

James Murdoch stepped down as BSkyB chairman in April in the wake of the scandal, saying he did not want the broadcaster to be undermined by "matters outside this company."Ofcom statement

Ofcom has today published a decision on its fit and proper assessment of Sky. Ofcom has an ongoing duty to be satisfied that all broadcast licensees are fit and proper.

In July 2011, in light of the public debate about phone hacking and other allegations, Ofcom confirmed that it had a duty to consider whether Sky was fit and proper to continue to hold its broadcast licences.

Ofcom considers that, on the evidence currently available and having taken into account all the relevant factors, Sky is fit and proper to hold its broadcast licences.

Ofcom's duty to be satisfied that a licensee is fit and proper is ongoing. …

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