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Comcast urged to consider staff as Sky takeover is confirmed

BECTU is the union for Sky workers and is working to strengthen its membership base via the Moxie campaign

24 September 2018

BECTU responds to landmark Sky deal

American cable giant Comcast has been crowned winner of the battle to take control of Sky after a rare auction process was completed at the weekend.

The company which has a limited presence in the UK was bidding against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox which currently holds 39% of Sky.

Comcast submitted a bid in the auction which valued Sky at £30bn. Comcast's bid worked out at £17.27 per share compared to Fox’s bid of £15.67 per share.

The process ends uncertainty for the future of Sky as Fox has been looking to take full control of the company since 2010.

Commenting on Comcast’s successful bid for the control of Sky, head of BECTU Gerry Morrissey said:

“This deal adds a new dimension to UK broadcasting and BECTU is hopeful it ushers in a new era of co-operation between Sky and BECTU.

“The overall price paid by Comcast is much more than expected and it would be unrealistic not to expect a rationalisation programme.

“We will be asking Comcast to ensure that any change programme is subject to meaningful dialogue and consultation with BECTU.

“As the leading trade union in media and entertainment BECTU will be seeking to work collaboratively with Comcast to ensure that employee and employer relationships are stronger than they have ever been before at Sky.”

BECTU has been actively recruiting Sky workers to join the union through a new campaign, Moxie. Sky workers are being encouraged to visit the website and complete a survey about how they feel the sale might affect them. 

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