In an address to Parliament, the minister, Karen Bradley, said she was "minded" to refer the $15 billion deal to the Competition and Markets Authority for a more intensive inquiry over concerns about whether Fox would uphold broadcast standards in Britain and whether it would control too much of the British media.
She made the decision, after months of deliberation, because of media plurality and whether there is a commitment to broadcasting standards.
Currently, his 21st Century Fox owns 39 percent of the company - but it wants way more.
While the blockbuster deal has already raised concerns about the influence of the Australian-born USA tycoon over Britain's media landscape, industry observers are also anxious that the controversial reporting style of Murdoch's Fox News channel could be adopted by Britain's Sky News.
"I have the power to make a reference if I believe there is a risk - which is not purely fanciful - that the merger might operate against the specified public interests", she said. "Ofcom has now confirmed it considers this to raise non-fanciful concerns but which are not sufficiently serious to warrant referral. These are matters the CMA may wish to consider".
She will make the final decision on whether to clear the merger after considering the CMA's feedback, which could come as late as March 2018.
The media regulator gave Bradley the window she was looking for, saying that it "recognises that the legal threshold for referral is low [and] you may refer as secretary of state if there are any non-fanciful concerns".
21st Century Fox is one of the world's largest entertainment companies with a vast portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay-TV and satellite assets across six continents.
Teva's stock rockets to biggest gain since 1984
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited ( TEVA)'s current session activity disclosed discouraging signal for active traders . Mizuho Securities Usa Inc increased Teva Pharmaceutical Inds Ltd ( TEVA ) stake by 185.23% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing .
She also raised concerns about "corporate governance issues".
"My proper concern is whether Fox will have a genuine commitment to attaining broadcasting standards objectives".
Wrongdoing at News Corp's United Kingdom newspapers scuppered a 2010 attempt to buy the rest of Sky, while this time, sexual- and racial-harassment allegations at Fox News have given opponents ammunition to slow a deal that initially appeared on track to sail through.
Murdoch's media group is trying to buy the 61 percent of Sky it doesn't already own. However, I am not confident that weaknesses in Fox's corporate governance arrangements are incapable of affecting compliance in the broadcasting standards context.
Sky shares dropped by roughly 2% in London.
The past few months have also seen pressure for a referral on the broadcasting standards issue, partly from campaign group Avaaz and also a group of high-profile MPs.
Wigdor, which is pursuing several cases against Fox News, said: "We are pleased that after our submissions Secretary Bradley has concluded that a further investigation is necessary in order to determine whether Fox has met broadcasting standards and are hopeful that Fox will now waive any gag orders so that other individuals can provide relevant information without fear of reprisal".
Five minutes later, Bilic's substitution was vindicated when Ayew pounced inside the six-yard box following a goal-mouth scramble. It was the Hammers' first win of the EPL campaign and also ended the Terriers' unbeaten start to the season.
In other news, insider Lance Batchelor purchased 146 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 12th. The Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc holds 235,227 shares with $12.08M value, down from 241,727 last quarter.
Manuel Velasco said roofs across the country had collapsed, and homes, schools, and hospitals were affected by the quake. Mr Pena Nieto said a million people had initially been left without power, but 800,000 had now had it restored.
I thought I would be writing about how Ronald Darby would be making interceptions against our opponents in the regular season. That leaves Josh McCown at quarterback and a cast of inexperienced and uninspiring wide receivers for him to worth with.
This time around, the Horned Frogs quarterback happily took a back seat to his teammates on the other side of the ball. Topping the rushing list for the Frogs was Darius Anderson, who racked up 106 yards rushing with a touchdown.
The interception led to a Pappanastos 22-yard field goal, pushing the Tide lead to 34-3 with 7:08 left in the game. Hentges said it was his first touchdown since his senior year at Helias High School in Jefferson City, Missouri.
This year we got a single sign-on mode, plus (for US users) a global search tool to help you find any programme you want. These high dynamic range technologies improve the colour reproduction on television sets and offer more brightness.
According to reports from city officials, the crane fell on Biscayne Boulevard, located in the heart of downtown Miami . Hurricane Irma continues on it's path of destruction, having recently made landfall in Florida.
But the availability of Ezekiel Elliott , along with the momentum it brings the Cowboys may be just too much to overcome. The second game was a 10-7 victory, which was won on a 61 yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr.in the third quarter.
Reports of shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon
There has been no official confirmation that a shooting happened. "Code silver" indicates that a violent situation is unfolding. Lebanon police responded around 1:30 p.m. for a report of an active shooter situation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Oil Fluctuates Ahead of OPEC Report
Moreover, OPEC may also place "stricter requirements" on Iran's oil production, said Commerzbank analysts in a recent report. On September 8, energy services company Baker Hughes ( BHI ) released its weekly U.S. crude oil rig count report.
ULM ranked for second year in 2018 best colleges
SUNY Geneseo, at No. 11, up three spots from previous year , was the highest ranked Western New York school in the North region. The website boasts "nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search".
Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than 270,000 people have been driven into Bangladesh. The outcome of this massive forced displacement of people is also that there is already a major humanitarian crisis.
New Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Starts at Only $850
A NVIDIA GeForce MX150 is also included but it will certainly not deliver earth-shattering graphics performance "out of the box". The Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM variant will feature a pricing of 6999 Chinese Yuan ($1074 or Rs. 68,630 approx).
Defense, Golladay star as Lions surge past Cardinals
They allowed the second fewest total yards (4883), allowed just 210 passing yards a game and recorded 48 sacks (most in NFL ). Our models rank Jones as the 49th-best receiver in Week 1 with 3.6 receptions, 47.2 yards and 0.2 touchdowns.
Aaron Donald ends holdout, rejoins Rams
There's no reason that Donald shouldn't be paid well, and the Rams hope to resolve that issue rather quickly with the Rams . Donald , who has recorded 28 sacks in his first three seasons, is one of the best interior defensive linemen in football.
President Trump: "America 'United" as Hurricane Irma Approaches
Rick Scott said nearly a quarter of the state's 20 million population - fourth largest nationwide - had been ordered to evacuate. Donald Trump has called on the USA citizens to evacuate from the areas that might be affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma.