The current Executive Chairman of News Corporation and Executive Co-Chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, Rupert Murdoch is seen talking on Sky News on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh, March 3, 2011. REUTERS/David Moir
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Rupert Murdoch has stepped up the pressure on Britain to approve his $14.5 billion bid for Sky by offering to sell or legally separate Sky News, seeking to allay concerns about the 87-year-old mogul's political influence. Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox said Tuesday Sky News could be sold on to U.S. rival Walt Disney Co. or become a legally separate business within the Sky group.Fox had already promised that Sky's 24-hour news service would remain independent under the ultimate control of Murdoch, but critics, including some high-profile politicians, remain adamantly opposed due to Murdoch's record of influence through owning the Sun and the Times newspapers.Fox said it could legally separate Sky News within the wider Sky group, so it would operate independently with guaranteed funding for 15 years.
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