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Rule Britannia: Fox News Stops Broadcasting in the UK

By Kayleigh Donaldson | TV | August 30, 2017 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | TV | August 30, 2017 |

Oh, Britain, bless you. You fuck up so frequently - Brexit, constantly voting in Tories, allowing Piers Morgan to become a thing again - but now and then, you throw a bone to common sense and remind us all that there is good in the world.

This week, it was announced that Sky, the primary provider of satellite broadcasting in the UK, will stop broadcasting Fox news due to low figures. How low, you ask? Try 2000 viewers a day low. Hell, I can get more viewers than that and I don’t even own a camera!

Obviously, this isn’t the worst news for Sky, also owned by sentient scrotum of malice Rupert Murdoch. But it does emphasise the massive gap between UK and US news, and how us Brits, for all our faults, just don’t give a shit about Sean Hannity.

This news comes three months after a woman who alleged sexual harassment while working at Fox News asked UK media regulators to block a planned purchase of Sky by 21st Century Fox. The company offered over £11bn for the 61% stake in Sky it doesn’t already own, which would essentially make it the most powerful force in British media. Obviously, this is a beyond shit idea, but our government don’t like to rock the boat too much on the Murdoch media problem since they’re one of their more effective peddlers of conservative propaganda.

Ed Miliband, the former leader of the Labour Party and frequent target of Murdoch media in a way that was totally never anti-Semitic, has been leading the political charge against the Fox-Sky take-over, and was cynical about their plans to drop Fox News being some sign of mercy given the damage they’ve caused to political discourse over the past couple of decades.

Fellow Brits: Did you ever do some channel hopping and accidentally turn on Fox News, only to scream in panic until the situation was rectified? Let us know in the comments.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.