September 4, 2017 / 1:02 PM / a year ago

Britain says to rule on Fox-Sky advice as soon as possible

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it would decide as “soon as is reasonably practicable” whether to refer Rupert Murdoch’s $15 billion bid to buy pay-TV group Sky (SKYB.L) for an in-depth review.

FILE PHOTO: The flag of the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc is seen waving at the company headquarters in the Manhattan borough in New York June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O) agreed to take full control of the European pay-TV group Sky in December, but the British government is still deciding whether to refer the deal for a full investigation which could add many months to the approval process.

It asked regulator Ofcom to look again at certain aspects of the deal in August and said on Monday it would carefully consider the advice before taking a final decision.

(This story has been refiled to fix typo in headline)

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Paul Sandle

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