Fox News is no longer available in the U.K., having been pulled from the Sky satellite platform, Variety reports.
The decision by parent company 21st Century Fox to pull the feed of the U.S. news channel was a financial one, according to the company. In a statement, Fox said: “21CF has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the U.K. Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K. We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K.”
Variety notes, however: “There is no doubt that the decision was influenced by the pending U.K. regulatory review of Fox’s $15 billion takeover of Sky. … Fox News has been a source of ammunition for critics of Fox’s takeover of Sky, who point to the channel’s strong conservative opinion programming as evidence of bias.”