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A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. 21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Fox News is being pulled off the air in the UK


Fox News is being pulled off the air in the U.K. after failing to attract an audience, 21st Century Fox announced.

"Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.," the company said in a statement.

"We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K."

21st Century Fox said the final Fox News broadcast in the U.K. will take place Tuesday at 4 p.m. local time.

Rupert Murdoch's company has faced opposition in the U.K. over its planned acquisition of Sky, the country's top pay TV provider. In June, the British government ruled that the planned $15 billion sale could not go through without further investigation.

Murdoch and his sons control three British newspapers -- The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times -- and U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley has voiced concern that the purchase of Sky would give them too much media influence in the country.

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