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.

James Murdoch: stepped down last week as chairman of News International
James Murdoch: stepped down last week as chairman of News International

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


Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Bauer buys Orion Media

Bauer buys Orion Media

Bauer Media has bought the Midlands-based radio company Orion Media, the owner of the Free and Gem radio brands.

Share
B&Q most aired brand on UK TV in April

B&Q most aired brand on UK TV in April

B&Q was the most advertised brand by TV airtime in the UK last month.

Share
PlayStation to take over Gogglebox ad break for new Uncharted game

PlayStation to take over Gogglebox ad break for new Uncharted game

PlayStation is taking over an ad break during Channel 4's Gogglebox tonight and invites viewers to tweet in with answers to a game to be in with a chance of winning prizes.

Share

Get news by email