Sky to Remove Fox News from Airing in Britain

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United Kingdom viewers will no longer be able to view Fox News following a decision by 21st Century Fox to drop it from the Sky satellite television platform.

The US company said it had decided "it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the UK", citing the fact it draws an average of 2,000 viewers a day.

The statement continued: "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K".

Sky stopped broadcasting Fox News in Britain today (Aug. 29) after low audience figures meant that it didn't make enough money to be commercially viable.

But Fox News has repeatedly been a constant and easy target for critics of 21st Century Fox as it awaits government approval to acquire the 61% of Sky it does not own.

The news comes as Fox News finished August as the most-watched channel on basic cable in the US for the 14th consecutive month, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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Culture secretary Karen Bradley has previously said she may refer the bid to competition regulators. Not only did Fox News recently retract a fake conspiracy (pushed by Sean Hannity) about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, there's an ongoing scandal involving sexual harassment allegations that has spawned into a wide-ranging mess, even after the departure of former boss Roger Ailes and host Bill O'Reilly.

However, sources told the Guardian that the decision to pull Fox News is unrelated to the takeover attempt.

In the past decade Fox has notched up 22 breaches of its licence and Ofcom's codes and rules. The Fox News feed was dropped earlier on Tuesday.

Fox News is becoming an increasingly annoying hurdle for the Murdoch family in their bid to own Sky entirely.

A coalition of British lawmakers, however, has recently pressured Bradley to take another look at the issue.

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