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Fox News is no more — at least in the UK. And it doesn’t look like there are many people who will miss it.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel has been turned off across the pond because its viewership was low. Like, astonishingly low.
U.S. media group 21st Century Fox said it would stop broadcasting the pro-Trump channel because it attracted only about 2,000 viewers a day in the country.
“[Fox] has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the UK,” a spokeswoman for the company told The Guardian.
“Fox News is focused on the US market and designed for a US audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK. We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the UK.”
The company said the decision to pull Fox News is unrelated to Murdoch’s £11.7 billion ($15.1 billion) takeover bid for Sky. Fox already controls 39% of Sky, but it wants to take a majority stake. Culture secretary Karen Bradley is due to take a decision on whether to refer Fox’s Sky takeover bid to the competition regulator.
Still, there were at least two people lamenting the end of Fox News on Twitter:
Hello Julian, as of this afternoon the owners of Fox News have decided they will no longer broadcast the channel in the UK and Ireland ^JD
— Sky Help Team (@SkyHelpTeam) August 29, 2017
Very sad that after 15 years @FoxNews will no longer be shown in the UK. A real loss to many, it offered UK a finger on the pulse of the US.
— Benjamin Hall (@BenjaminHallFNC) August 29, 2017
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