21st Century Fox


Fox investigates Starz takeover

21st Century Fox reportedly met with top executives from US premium cable channel Starz to discuss a possible takeover. Numerous reports from the States say Fox met with Starz as a “courtesy” and is not interested in a deal. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht was present at the meeting this week, according to the Los Angeles […]

Sky Deutschland boards recommend rejection of BSkyB bid

The executive board of Sky Deutschland has advised minority shareholders against accepting BSkyB’s bid for overall control of the company, saying it undervalues the pay TV operator. BSkyB agreed in July to acquire 21st Century Fox’s 57% stake in the operator as part of its plan to create a new ‘Sky Europe’ comprising itself, Sky […]

BSkyB successfully prices bonds ahead of Sky Europe acquisition

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has successfully priced a £3.25 billion (€4 billion) series of bonds to help finance its acquisition of Sky Italia and a majority stake in Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox.  The bonds will be issued in four tranches, with a €1.5 billion bond with a 1.5% coupon due in 2021, […]

21st Century Fox president fails to shut door on BSkyB takeover

The president and chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, Chase Carey, failed to rule out making another 100% bid for BSkyB but said that the firm’s current focus is on establishing Sky Europe. Speaking at the Royal Television Society conference in London this morning, Carey, said that 21st Century Fox’s plan “right now” is […]

Marc Graboff leaves Core as Endemol merger moves closer

Marc Graboff, the former NBC programming boss, is leaving Core Media Group. His departure is being seen as a clear sign that the Core-Endemol-Shine merger is moving ahead, with Endemol North America bosses Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin taking over Graboff’s responsibilities. In May 21st Century Fox said it plans to create a joint venture […]

BSkyB publishes Sky Deutschland offer document

BSkyB yesterday published its Sky Deutschland offer document, setting an October 15 acceptance period deadline for the offer.  Sky Deutschland shareholders can tender their shares at a price of €6.75 per share, as indicated in BSkyB’s previous announcement of 25 July 2014. BSkyB announced in July that it has entered into conditional agreements with 21st Century […]

A+E beats Time Warner to US$250m Vice stake

A+E Networks will acquire a 10% stake in hipster content brand Vice Media, beating off competition from Time Warner, according to various reports. Disney-Hearst joint venture broadcaster A+E is likely to announce the deal this week, with a value of US$250 million (€190 million) placed on it. This means Vice is worth US$2.5 billion, more […]

Sunrise appoints 20th Century Fox exec as commercial chief

Swiss service provider Sunrise has appointed former 20th Century Fox executive Markus Naef as its new chief commercial officer, business. Naef, who became country manager of 20th Century Fox Switzerland in 2009 and has also managed the US film studio’s Russian operations since 2012, takes up his new role at Sunrise on September 1. He […]

Bewkes sidesteps Fox questions as Murdoch has his say

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes neatly sidestepped questions about why he walked away from a merger with 21st Century yesterday, while Rupert Murdoch has offered his opinions on the episode. In a conference call with investors, Bewkes declined to comment directly on the Fox proposal, “except to say that the board and our senior management […]

Sky Italia sees continued decline

21st Century Fox-owned Sky Italia saw a continued decline in its subscriber base in the quarter to June, dropping by 25,000 to 4.73 million. For 21st Century Fox as a whole, direct-to-home TV generated quarterly segment OIBDA of US$146 million (€109 million) compared with the US$156 million reported in the same period a year ago. […]