Vince Cable and Ed Miliband launch fresh call for Sky takeover to be blocked by Ofcom

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The trio wrote to Ofcom to raise fresh concerns over the deal on Friday (Source: Getty)

A long-planned takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is facing renewed political opposition from former Labour leader Ed Miliband and ex-business secretary Sir Vince Cable.

The pair, alongside former lord chancellor Charlie Falconer, have written media regulator Ofcom to call for it to block the deal.

In a letter, the trio claimed that Sky would no longer remain a “fit and proper” holder of a broadcast licence if the takeover succeeded.

Cable, Miliband and Falconer have long been opponents of the deal, and their new intervention cites the sacking of Fox News star Bill O’Reilly. The anchor departed amid a slew of sexual harassment claims.

A spokesman for 21st Century Fox declined to comment.

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Fox has offered £11.7bn to buy the 61 pr cent of Sky it does not own.

Murdoch’s previous takeover attempt for Sky was withdrawn in 2011 at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. That was made by News Corporation, which has since split into two companies: News Corporation, comprising newspapers and publishing, and entertainment business 21st Century Fox.

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