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Disney secures $66bn 21st Century Fox entertainment takeover

The Walt Disney Company has secured a US$66 billion deal that hands it most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, marking a seismic moment in recent entertainment history. The deal effectively brings to an end Rupert Murdoch’s long career in entertainment media empire building, though he retains control of News Corp, which is […]

Iger could remain Disney CEO after Fox deal closes

Disney chief Bob Iger might not be done just yet. Reports claim Iger might re-up in his role as CEO of The Walt Disney Company after closure of an agreement for various 21st Century Fox assets. The development came shortly after news that Fox chief James Murdoch could become CEO of the merged entity, with […]

Disney may make James Murdoch CEO

The Walt Disney Company is giving serious thought to appointing James Murdoch as its next CEO, providing the Mouse House closes a deal for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment arm. According to a report in the Financial Times, current Fox CEO Murdoch (pictured) and his father, Rupert Murdoch, could take “senior roles” at Disney if its […]

Star CEO to be new 21st Century Fox Asia boss

21st Century Fox has named the chairman and CEO of pay TV business Star India as its overall boss in Asia. Uday Shankar has been named president of 21st Century Fox Asia, effective immediately. The change means Fox Networks Group Asia president Zubin Gandevia now reports into Shankar, who has been placed in charge of […]

Murdoch ‘confident of Sky deal approval’ in early 2018

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 InternationalCouncil […]

Murdoch: Sky deal would be ‘positive’ for Brexit

James Murdoch has urged 21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky to not be the victim of regulation, stressing the importance of business to a post-Brexit UK. Speaking at the RTS Cambridge Convention yesterday, the 21st Century Fox CEO delivered a talk based around the theme of ‘the challenges of a shifting media landscape’ in which […]

Gov’t minded to refer Fox’s Sky deal to watchdog

An influential UK politician 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 Karen Bradley previously said she intended to refer 21st Century Fox’s £18.5 billion (US$24.5 billion) takeover of Sky to the Competition and Markets authority on […]

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 […]

Fox chief: live-streaming TV proves pay power

The progress of live-streaming TV services reaffirms the strength of pay TV bundles, according 21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch. He said that while the pay TV industry had lost around 2% of subscribers over the past year, those gained from the likes of YouTube TV and Hulu Live, plus growth at new cable […]

Fox CEO Murdoch: Sky deal on track

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has claimed his company’s £11.7 billion (US$15 billion) takeover of European pay TV giant Sky remains on course. The deal is currently under investigation in the UK, with an Ofcom inquiry not scheduled to end until after the general election on June 23. With Fox under fire in the […]

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