Karen Bradley


Matt Hancock upped to culture secretary

The UK’s minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, has been promoted to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport as part of prime minister Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Hancock replaces Karen Bradley who has now been appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland. She in turn replaces James Brokenshire who has stepped […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]

Confirmed: Sky deal referred to regulator for six-month review

The UK government has confirmed that 21st Century Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority. Culture secretary Karen Bradley announced her final decision today, after saying earlier this week that she was minded to refer the deal over concerns about both broadcasting standards and […]

Bradley minded to refer Sky deal over broadcasting standards

Karen Bradley has said she is “minded” to refer the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky to regulators over concerns about broadcasting standards. The UK culture secretary previously said she intended to refer 21st Century Fox’s £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on the grounds of […]

Ofcom submits additional advice on Fox-Sky bid

Ofcom has submitted additional advice on the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky to the UK government. The broadcast regulator made the submission at the end of last week to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, with the advice due to be published “in due course”. The move […]

Ofcom could face judicial review over ‘fit and proper’ Sky ruling

Ofcom could face a judicial review of its ruling that Sky would remain a “fit and proper” holder of a UK broadcast licence if 21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of the pay TV operator is given the green light. Advocacy group Avaaz has hired lawyers Hausfeld to present a ‘letter before claim’ to […]

Murdoch, Bradley and Clementi among RTS speakers

The UK’s Royal Television Society (RTS) has unveiled the line-up for its forthcoming Cambridge Convention. The biennial event, which takes place in Cambridge from September 13-15, will feature speakers including 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, Ofcom CEO Sharon White, culture secretary of state Karen Bradley, BBC chairman David Clementi, and A&E Networks CEO Nancy […]

Fox faces Sky delay as government calls on Ofcom to look at ‘new evidence’

The UK government has said that submissions made in relation to 21st Century Fox’s planned acquisition of Sky “raise new evidence” and has asked media regulator Ofcom to take a fresh look at the deal. The UK department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) said a number of representations made to it “raise new […]

Sky bid ‘will be referred’ in absence of new evidence

UK secretary of state for digital culture, media and sport Karen Bradley has pushed back a decision on whether to refer 21st Century Fox’s acquisition of Sky until she has looked at all representations on the matter, but said it was highly likely the bid would be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority on […]

Sky decision likely to be pushed back as Bradley weighs evidence

A decision on whether 21st Century Fox’s acquisition of Sky can go ahead may not be made before next year, according to press reports. According to Bloomberg, citing a department spokesman, UK culture, media and sport secretary of state Karen Bradley is set to delay a decision on whether an in-depth probe should go ahead […]