Sky News email revelations

10 April 2012

On 5 April, it emerged that Sky News had authorised a journalist to access emails on two occasions. Although Sky News may have committed a criminal offence, the likelihood of a successful prosecution is extremely slight, in our opinion

Ofcom could decide to discipline Sky News for the alleged actions; however the offence is very far from being sufficiently severe to warrant the removal of its broadcasting licence. And, in any event, it would almost certainly be Sky News that would lose the licence, not its parent BSkyB, which appears to have had no involvement whatsoever in the events revealed last week

The two previous cases in which broadcasters were judged not to be ‘fit and proper’ holders of licences involved far more severe breaches of the law or regulatory codes

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