The offices of Fox Networks Group have been raided by the European Commission as part of unannounced inspections in several member states at companies that distribute “media rights and related rights pertaining to various sports events and/or their broadcasting”.
The raid comes amid a probe into sports broadcasting rights, though the exact reasons for the investigation are unclear. It is thought investigators seized documents and computer records from the company’s Hammersmith offices, and that they may return for further investigation later in the week.
FNG, which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox said: “Fox Networks Group (FNG) is cooperating fully with the EC inspection.”
The European Commission said it had ‘concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.’
The raid comes as Mr Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s planned takeover of the remaining 61% of Sky was ruled as not in the public interest by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA