Oct 25 (Reuters) - James Murdoch, chief executive of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, said on Wednesday he expects its bid to acquire Sky PLC to be approved by British regulators in the first half of 2018 despite fallout from a sexual harassment settlement involving former Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly.
Reports recently surfaced that O'Reilly reached a $32 million settlement with a woman before Fox News renewed his contract earlier this year. O'Reilly was fired in April.
Murdoch spoke of Twenty-First Century Fox's $15 billion bid to acquire the remaining 61 percent it does not own of Sky PLC while appearing at the Paley International Council Summit in New York. (Reporting by Dang Sheila; Editing by Paul Simao)