Offices raided in sports broadcast investigation
The European Commission yesterday raided the offices of a number of companies involved in sports broadcasting rights, including a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, as part of an investigation into a possible cartel.
The commission said it had carried out unannounced inspections in several member states at companies that distribute “media rights and related rights pertaining to various sports events and/or their broadcasting”. Fox Networks Group (FNG), an operating unit of Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox that distributes TV and cable channels around the world, said it was co-operating with the EC inspection after officials raided its offices in London.
“The commission has concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” it said .