News Corp

Some shareholders resistant to Fox Corp/News Corp merger, claim reports

A key shareholder in Fox Corp and News Corp has reportedly expressed its doubts about the Murdoch family’s plans to reunite the two leading media firms. The reports started with the Wall Street Journal, which is part of the News Corp empire. According to insiders, Independent Franchise Partners, which controls sizeable stakes in both firms, […]

Murdoch clan consider reuniting Fox Corp and News Corp

Reports have emerged that media mogul Rupert Murdoch and son Lachlan are exploring the idea of reuniting News Corp and Fox Corp, the two companies the Murdoch family controls. A merger between the two would reverse the 2013 decision to split the two – though since then Fox has sold a range of assets to […]

Foxtel merging Fox Sports in Australia

Australia’s leading pay TV platform, Foxtel, is merging with its News Corp cousin Fox Sports Australia to create a new regional powerhouse. The move will see Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp becoming 65% majority shareholder of the new business, with Australia telecommunications business retaining the other 35%.
Currently News Corp and Telstra each own 50% of Foxtel, […]

21st Century Fox names technology chief

21st Century Fox has named News Corp chief technology officer and former BBC digital media chief Paul Cheesbrough as its new CTO. According to the media group, Cheesbrough will head up company-wide information technology strategy and play a leadership role in driving its investments in technology, platforms and systems globally. The enterprise technology leaders of […]

Sky in deal with News Corp papers for Premier League clips

Pay TV operator Sky has secured UK rights to show clips from every Premier League game across its digital platforms and has forged an alliance with News Corp’s UK newspapers to make these available across their websites. The three-year agreement starting from the 2016-17 season will see clips from every Premier League match being made […]

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 […]

Sky told to end public service retransmission fees

The UK government plans to end controversial retransmission fees that British public broadcasters pay to News Corp-backed satellite TV platform BSkyB for carriage. A new report released the week by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport recommends the fees be stopped to bring the arrangement between Sky and the PSBs in line with “zero […]

Malone says cable companies should unite for Hulu bid

US MSOs should join forces to make a bid for Hulu, according to Liberty Media boss John Malone. The influential media executive was speaking to Reuters at the fringes of Allen & Co’s Sun Valley conference and said that all US MSOs would benefit from owning an online streaming and catch-up service. Hulu is currently […]

News Corp completes split

News Corp’s entertainment and publishing arms begin trading under separate companies today following the completion of its split. The entertainment division of Rupert Murdoch’s company, which houses its film and television assets, will now be known as 21st Century Fox after spinning out of the publishing arm, which will remain trading as News Corp. The […]

Sky Italia reorganised along BSkyB, Sky Deutschland lines

News Corp-owned Sky Italia has reorganised all of its programming activities into a single unit, bringing the structure into line with that already employed by other News Corp pay TV platforms Sky Deutschland and BSkyB in the UK. Andrea Scrosati (above) has been elevated to executive VP, programming and will lead the new unit. Previously […]

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