Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Rupert Murdoch with sons Lachlan (l) and James (r) Sky is to stop broadcasting Fox News in the UK after low audience figures, the media firm has said.
Culture secretary Karen Bradley has previously said she may refer the bid to competition regulators.
"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," she added.
Critics of the merger, which gives 21st Century Fox access to Sky's 22 million customers in Europe, say Rupert Murdoch will have too much control of the UK media.
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