Fox News yanked off the air in the UK

With only a meager few thousand viewers per day across the UK, 20th Century Fox has announced that they will no longer broadcast so-called Fox News in Britain. "Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK."

Yes, the viewership is abysmal, but that's not the only reason Fox is pulling out of the UK. According to CNN Money:

The network has also become a lightning rod for critics seeking to spoil the Murdochs' planned $15 billion takeover of Sky, the top pay TV provider in the U.K… The decision to jettison the network in Britain could help insulate 21st Century Fox from criticism as it seeks to win approval for its takeover of Sky.

The British government ruled in June that 21st Century Fox should not be allowed to purchase Sky without further investigation, a decision that set the merger up for many additional months of delays. U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley said the transaction could give the Murdoch family too much influence over British media.

Fox's final broadcast in the UK is Tuesday at 4pm local time. However, we're still stuck with them in the US.

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