James Murdoch

Ofcom: Sky merger warrants ‘fit and proper’ probe

UK regulator Ofcom has said that it “consider[s] it appropriate to examine any implications of a change of control over Sky for its holding of broadcast licences”. The regulator said it will outline the timing of its own look at whether Sky is fit to hold a broadcast licence in the UK when it becomes […]

Murdoch: Sky consolidation will give big boost to creative industry

21st Century Fox’s consolidation of Sky will provide a major boost for creative industries in the UK as well as Germany and Italy, according to 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch. Speaking at the Deloitte Enders Media & Telecoms 2017 & Beyond conference in London, Murdoch also said that the global migration of content distribution […]

UK politicians call for Ofcom ‘fit and proper’ enquiry on Murdoch

A group of UK cross-party politicians has called for Ofcom to launch a review into 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence. The move comes in the wake of Fox’s proposed £11.7 billion (€13.7 billion) bid for the 61% of international pay TV group Sky that it does not […]

Going OTT is an ‘option’ for Fox, says Murdoch

Direct-to-consumer streaming is an “option” for 21st Century Fox in the US market, and the company has the expertise to launch such an offering, according to CEO James Murdoch. Speaking to analysts after Fox announced its latest quarterly figures. Murdoch said that Fox was focused primarily on developing its authenticated streaming service in partnership with […]

Fox not keen on D2C but Hulu-type services key to growth

Direct-to-consumer services may not be a necessary part of the distribution mix for 21st Century Fox, but more control of the user experience via new OTT distribution platforms like Hulu and authenticated multiscreen apps will be “a dimension of competition that is really important” going forwards, according to CEO James Murdoch. Speaking to analysts after […]

James Murdoch takes chairman role as Sky posts strong growth

James Murdoch is to return to Sky as chairman in a move that many believe could presage a renewed attempt by 21st Century Fox to consolidate the pay TV giant by acquiring the 60.4% of the organisation that it does not already own. Current chairman Nicholas Ferguson will step down at the end of April […]

Fox eyes ‘bolt-on’ M&A opportunities

Highlights from 21st Century Fox’s first investor call since Rupert Murdoch stepped down as CEO included Lachlan Murdoch saying the content giant did not have “material gaping holes”, but would continue to look at opportunistic” acquisitions. Murdoch Sr became co-executive chairman on July 1, with his sons Lachlan and James taking over the day-to-day running […]

Murdoch confirms Fox CEO change

21st Century Fox has confirmed James Murdoch will succeed his father Rupert as company CEO. Following the changes, which take effect on July 1, Murdoch Sr. and his other son, Lachlan, will be executive co-chairman of the US-based media giant, with James moving up from his current COO post. While the 84-year-old Murdoch Sr. will […]

Rupert Murdoch preps Fox exit

Rupert Murdoch is soon to step down as CEO of US-based media giant 21st Century Fox, according to sources from a report today. Murdoch will hand over the keys to the company to his son James, CNBC reported cited various unnamed sources close to the media mogul’s family. At 84 years of age, there has been […]

Sky Deutschland replaces Murdoch with Darroch as head of board

Sky Deutschland has appointed Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch as the new chairman of its supervisory board, replacing James Murdoch who stepped down from the role at the firm’s AGM yesterday. Murdoch, who retains a seat on the Sky Deutschland board, gave up the post amid mounting pressure about his position on the board of Sky […]