Attorney Representing Fox News Accusers Will Appear Before U.K. Panel

By Chris Ariens 

On Wednesday, Douglas Wigdor, a New York lawyer representing more than a dozen current and former employees of Fox News, sent an 8-page letter to the chief executive of the U.K.’s Office of Communications, or Ofcom, requesting a meeting. This morning he announced he’s getting that meeting.

“I am pleased that Ofcom has invited me to appear in London next week on behalf of our 20 clients and look forward to sharing the information that I have come to learn about 21st Century Fox through the dedicated men and women that I am privileged to represent,” said Wigdor in a statement this morning.

Ofcom will need to determine if 21st Century Fox is a “fit and proper” license holder for British pay-TV firm Sky. In December, 21st Century Fox made a $14 billion offer for the 61 percent of Sky it does not already own. An earlier deal to buy Sky was scuttled in 2011 by the hacking scandal.

“It’s all about Sky,” a Fox insider tells Adweek, giving in to the fact that cleaning up Fox News is not just for the benefit of employees, or viewers, but 21CF shareholders and its executives, Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch.