21st Century Fox

Comcast and Verizon reportedly looking at Fox

Comcast is reportedly looking to buy 21stCentury Fox’s entertainment assets, with telco Verizon and Sony Corp. also said to be in interested. The news, reported in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, emerged about a week after The Walt Disney Company’s interest in buying a large chunk of Fox was revealed. With the Disney talks […]

Sky threatens to cut Sky News ties to ease Fox deal

Sky has threatened to review its ownership of Sky News if were to impede Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of the pay TV provider. In a statement made to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) last month, but published yesterday, Sky said that the CMA should not “simply assume” its continued provision of […]

Analysis: why would Fox sell to Disney?

Yesterday, it emerged 21st Century Fox had held talks to sell much of its business to The Walt Disney Company. The questions are why, and why now. According to CNBC, the negotiations took place over the past few weeks, but have stopped for the time being. They could resume at any point, as talks have […]

Murdoch ‘expects Sky deal approval’ in first half of next year

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has said he expects the company’s acquisition of Sky to be approved by the UK competition watchdog in the first half of next year, despite the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Fox News and other concerns. Murdoch reportedly made the remarks while appearing at the invitation-only Paley International […]

Fox’s Freer replaces Hulu’s Sony-bound CEO

US streamer Hulu has appointed Fox Networks Group (FNG) chief Randy Freer has its new CEO, with incumbent Mike Hopkins switching over to Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Hulu is experiencing its moment in the sun, having become the first SVOD service to win the Best Drama Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale, but Hopkins is moving […]

CMA details scope of Fox-Sky investigation in issues statement

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published an issues statement outlining the scope of its investigation into 21st Century Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky. The CMA, which will investigate the deal on the grounds of media plurality and broadcasting standards, set out the main issues it likely to consider in […]

CMA names investigation group for Fox-Sky deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed the investigation group that will put together its report into 21st Century Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky. Anne Lambert will chair the group. She was appointed panel chair and panel member non-executive director of the CMA in October 2016, having been an inquiry chair […]

Confirmed: Sky deal referred to regulator for six-month review

The UK government has confirmed that 21st Century Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority. Culture secretary Karen Bradley announced her final decision today, after saying earlier this week that she was minded to refer the deal over concerns about both broadcasting standards and […]

Bradley minded to refer Sky deal over broadcasting standards

Karen Bradley has said she is “minded” to refer the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky to regulators over concerns about broadcasting standards. The UK culture secretary previously said she intended to refer 21st Century Fox’s £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on the grounds of […]

Peter Rice upped to 21st Century Fox president

Peter Rice has been promoted to president of global media giant 21st Century Fox. He was previously chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), and has worked with the Murdoch media empire since 1989 when he joined as intern. Rice (pictured) will keep his FNG roles, which already see him working closely with Fox […]

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