Rupert Murdoch wants you to know that everything is fine.
The Fox News chief was recently confronted in New York City by BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan. Rajan asked about Murdoch’s hope to take over the U.K.-based broadcaster Sky, and whether the recent troubles at Fox News might complicate that plan with Britain’s Office of Communications (OFCOM). The regulatory agency must issue final approval for the acquisition.
“Are you worried about OFCOM at all,” said Rajan.
“No,” replied the famously tart Australian. “You should be worried about BBC.”
“Do you have any concerns about what OFCOM might say about what’s happening at Fox News?”
“Nothing’s Happening at Fox News,” snapped Murdoch. “Fox News is getting record ratings and so I’m not worried at all.”
The octogenarian was then whisked away in a sedan.
Despite his breezy confidence, the growing sexual harassment scandal at Fox News does threaten to derail the billionaire’s plans for Sky. Six years ago, the Murdoch’s were forced to withdraw a bid to acquire Sky after a phone hacking scandal engulfed one of Murdoch’s British tabloids. The incident is widely seen as one of the low points for the powerful media family.
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