The Telegraph reports that EU commission jackbooted thugs have raided the offices of Fox News in London.
Ostensibly the investigation concerns sports rights and as a would-be consumer if they weren’t so darned expensive, I can half see what they’re getting at.
However as the Telegraph story notes:
The raid comes at an extremely sensitive time for Fox as it seeks a remedies agreement with British watchdogs at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to secure its heavily delayed takeover of Sky…The CMA is considering an offer from the Murdoch family to spin off Sky News into a separate company or sell it to Disney to assuage concerns that full control of Sky will give them too much sway over the British media.
The elephant in the room being of course that Fox is far less monopolistic than the BBC, but nobody, in an official capacity at least, is recommending that that monstrosity be broken up.
Might there be more to this than meets the eye:
News of a competition investigation by the European Commission will be viewed as a boost to the US cable giant Comcast, which is seeking to disrupt Fox’s takeover of Sky with its own rival £22bn bid.
News that the investigatory and ball-breaking powers of the EU have been bought and sold bought would hardly surprise anybody here at Castello Italicus.