Rupert Murdoch

A look back at 30 years of TBI history: Rupert Murdoch (1990)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. Our first retrospective is a profile of a younger Rupert Murdoch back in 1990. At this point, the buccaneering executive was still attempting to establish Sky TV as the […]

Analysis – The Mouse catches the Fox: how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in 12 to 18 months, knocks off […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Foxtel merging with 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%. A plan to float of the Australia stock exchange […]

Fox’s Sky takeover set for UK competition probe

21st Century Fox’s £11.7 billion (US$15 billion) takeover of European satcaster Sky is likely to be referred to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The UK government’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, made the announcement earlier today after consulting with media regulator Ofcom. She pointed to “material influence” that Fox […]

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 […]

Europe ushers through Fox’s Sky takeover

21st Century Fox’s takeover of pay TV giant Sky is one step closer after the European Commission gave the £11.7 billion (US$14.5 billion) deal the go-ahead. The approval is unconditional under EU Merger Regulation, with the EC saying the move posed “no competition concerns”. Criticism for the deal, which would see Fox buy the 61% […]

Fox deal price ‘alarms’ Sky shareholders

Shareholders in Sky could revolt against the deal that will see the European satcaster come under full control of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. According to various reports over the weekend, shareholders are concerned Sky management accepted the approach to sell Fox the 61% of the business it doesn’t own without consultation. Sky’s share price had […]

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