The culture secretary has said she is “minded to” refer Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox takeover of Sky to the competition watchdog. Karen Bradley’s decision is a blow to the media mogul’s hopes of having the £11.7bn deal waved through without further scrutiny. Mr Murdoch already owns 39% of the satellite broadcaster. An earlier attempt to take over Sky was abandoned in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. Ms Bradley told the Commons that Ofcom’s report into the deal found it risked the Murdoch family having “increased influence” over the UK’s news agenda and the political process. “On the basis of Ofcom’s assessment, I confirm that I am minded to refer to a phase two investigation on the grounds of media plurality,” she said.