By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 01:29 PM The Murdoch family's hopes of taking control of British satellite TV giant Sky are once again being shadowed by a scandal, amid calls for British regulators to investigate whether the ongoing sexual harassment allegations at Fox News Channel will hinder the takeover attempt.
Friday, British officials ordered that a regulatory review of 21st Century Fox's plan to take over control of the 60.9 percent of Sky shares it does not already hold be postponed until after the June 8 national election, reports The New York Times.
However, the Murdochs' critics say the Fox News harassment scandal, and the resulting ousters of its CEO, Roger Ailes, and its top star, Bill O'Reilly, is also coming into play while the Office of Communications (Ofcom) ponders whether 21st Century Fox is "fit and proper" to hold a broadcasting license.
The upcoming election is the official reason for the delay, The Times reports, but other communications indicate that the sex scandal, coupled with the 2011 News Corp phone hacking controversy, may also be coming into play.
Rupert Murdoch closed the tabloid News of the World in 2011, after complaints surfaced that it had eavesdropped on the voicemails of celebrities, politicians, and a 13-year-old murder victim.