Pie in the Sky?

16 March 2017 — 38 Degrees

This is huge. You – along with thousands of other people – have helped throw a major spanner into Rupert Murdoch’s plans to take full control of Sky. Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, just announced an investigation into the takeover. [1]

This means that instead of getting waved through, Murdoch’s plan faces a fresh obstacle. Ofcom, the media watchdog, now has to look into Murdoch’s dodgy media empire. Spoiler alert: Rupert Murdoch probably won’t like what they say. [2]

Here’s how we helped make this happen:

  • When news broke about his takeover back in December, we sprung into action. Over 319,000 of us signed a petition asking Karen Bradley to refer the deal. [3] We delivered it straight to the government – and it was covered in national newspapers! [4]
  • When we found out Karen Bradley was on BBC Question Time, we all chipped in to drive a huge mobile billboard to the studio, so it was right in front of her as she arrived. 38 Degrees-ers took to Twitter, sending thousands of tweets asking her to refer the deal. [5]
  • Next, we crowdfunded an advert in a national newspaper with the total petition signatures, asking Karen Bradley to stop the deal – even when other papers refused to publish it because it was so controversial. [6]
  • And on the same day, we parked the mobile billboard outside Karen Bradley’s office, the Department of Media, Culture and Sport – and delivered hundreds of leaflets to her staff as they arrived for work. [7]

Last time Rupert Murdoch made a bid to take over Sky, it was public opposition to the phone hacking scandal that stopped him. [8] Today’s news proves that if enough of us get involved we can stop him again. [9]

It’s not everyday you can say that you’ve helped stop someone as powerful as Rupert Murdoch. So please take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back.

Today’s news is a huge step towards stopping the takeover. In the next few weeks, we will have more to do. But for now, why not take a minute to watch this video on all we’ve done – then share it with your family and friends?

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Thanks for being involved,

Maggie, Holly, David, Jo and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] BBC News: Fox takeover bid for Sky to be reviewed:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39292653
Gov.uk: Department of Culture, Media and Sport: Statement from Culture Secretary: Sky/21st Century Fox merger:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-culture-secretary-sky21st-century-fox-merger
[2] The Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, has asked Ofcom to investigate the Sky deal on two grounds, plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards:
Gov.uk: Department of Culture, Media and Sport: Statement from Culture Secretary: Sky/21st Century Fox merger:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-culture-secretary-sky21st-century-fox-merger
[3] 38 Degrees petition: Stop Murdoch taking over Sky:
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/1705
[4] The Guardian: Murdoch Sky bid is ‘serious threat to our democracy’:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/mar/08/murdoch-sky-bid-threat-democracy-karen-bradley-media
[5] 38 Degrees blog: Tweet Karen Bradley!:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2017/03/09/tweet-karen-bradley-now/
[6] Wikipedia: Daily Mail:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Mail
[7] 38 Degrees blog: Karen Bradley – Stop Murdoch taking over Sky:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2017/03/10/karen-bradley-stop-murdoch-taking-sky/
[8] 38 Degrees blog: Victory – Murdoch withdraws BSkyB bid:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2011/07/13/victory-murdoch-withdraws-bskyb-bid/
[9] Together we’ve been working with our friends at Avaaz, the Media Reform Coalition, and Hacked Off to stand up against the deal.