Activist group threatens legal challenge over Ofcom ruling related to Fox-Sky deal

22 Aug 2017

Activist group Avaaz has confirmed it is challenging a ruling made by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, under which it determined that Sky would remain ‘fit and proper’ to hold a UK broadcast licence if acquired by 21st Century Fox. In a press release, Avaaz announced that solicitors representing it had issued a ‘letter before claim’ to Ofcom, a prerequisite for judicial review, with this said to have highlighted ‘fatal flaws’ of ‘law, fact and reasoning’ in the regulator’s June decision. Ofcom now has 14 days to respond to the letter, after which formal judicial review proceedings can begin. Should a judicial review find against the British telecoms watchdog it would be forced to revisit its earlier decision and ensure that it had been taken lawfully.

Commenting on the matter, Alex Wilks, campaign director at Avaaz, said: ‘Ofcom’s made mistake after mistake in deciding to give the Murdochs a clean bill of health to take over more of our media. They need to reopen their investigation to regain credibility.’

United Kingdom, Ofcom, Sky