Fox’s acquisition of broadcast rights to the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is the first step in the US media group’s rebuilding project after many of its assets were sold to Disney.
Disney has tabled an improved $70.4bn (€61bn) takeover offer for a significant share of rival US media company 21st Century Fox’s business assets.
Comcast confirmed today (Wednesday) that it is “in the advanced stages of preparing” an all-cash offer for a significant share of rival US media company 21st Century Fox’s business assets, challenging a deal struck in December between the latter and media giant Walt Disney.
Lachlan Murdoch will replace his brother James as chief executive of 21st Century Fox when the media company finalises a deal to offload its television and film assets to Walt Disney.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that media company 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky is not in the public interest, scuppering a second attempt by Rupert Murdoch to seize full control of the European pay-television broadcaster.
Brian Sullivan has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the Fox Networks Group division of media company 21st Century Fox.
The Big Ten Network, a joint venture between US college sport organisation the Big Ten Conference and the Fox Entertainment Group division of US media company 21st Century Fox, has agreed a distribution partnership with sports streaming specialist FloSports.
Sports broadcaster ESPN has joined forces with a number of rival operators in the US to simulcast coverage of the Liga MX, the top division of football in Mexico, as part of a fund-raising initiative designed to support people affected by a series of natural disasters in the Americas.
Sky has expressed its disappointment after a proposed takeover of the European pay-television operator by media company 21st Century Fox was put on hold by Karen Bradley, the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Big Ten Conference has confirmed domestic rights deals with the CBS and Fox networks and sports broadcaster ESPN.
Karen Bradley, the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has confirmed that she has not yet decided whether to refer the proposed takeover of pay-television broadcaster Sky by media company 21st Century Fox to the Competition & Markets authority for a ‘phase two’ investigation.
Media company 21st Century Fox’s bid to take full control of European pay-television operator Sky is set to be referred to the UK competition regulator, it emerged today (Thursday).
Media company 21st Century Fox has received regulatory approval in the Republic of Ireland for its proposed takeover of European pay-television operator Sky.