After exiting battle for Fox, Comcast fires ‘warning shot’ to Disney over Sky takeover, analyst says

After exiting battle for Fox, Comcast fires ‘warning shot’ to Disney over Sky takeover, analyst says

The trans-continental bidding war between Comcast and Disney had become one of the most intriguing media battles for decades, given the sheer scale of money on the table and the two CEOs’ well-known contempt for one another. Comcast announced Thursday that it would drop out of the race to acquire Fox’s assets, paving the way for Disney to complete its takeover. “This is one day going to make a fantastic scripted drama in and of…

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Rupert Murdoch’s payday for selling to Disney shrank, even though Disney is willing to pay almost $20 billion more for his Fox assets

Rupert Murdoch’s payday for selling to Disney shrank, even though Disney is willing to pay almost $20 billion more for his Fox assets

The bidding war between Comcast and Disney for Fox assets is costing Rupert Murdoch billions of dollars. Disney raised its bid for pieces of Twenty-First Century Fox to $71.3 billion, up from its original offer of $52.5 billion. This was in response to Comcast’s offer of $65 billion for the same Fox assets. Disney’s original bid was all stock. Its new bid is a mix of stock and cash, which raises Murdoch’s tax bill and…

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Disney is expected to add cash to its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox assets

Disney is expected to add cash to its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox assets

Disney is expected to add cash to its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox assets, sources tell CNBC. The sources spoke days after CNBC parent Comcast launched a $65 billion cash bid for the assets, which include Fox’s movie studios, networks National Geographic and FX, Star TV, stakes in Sky, Endemol Shine Group and Hulu as well as regional sports networks. Comcast’s bid was a 19 percent premium to Disney’s offer. Earlier, Disney reached an agreement…

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Disney CEO Bob Iger: Confident deal with Fox will close

Disney CEO Bob Iger: Confident deal with Fox will close

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC on Tuesday that he remains “confident” the deal with Twenty-First Century Fox will move forward. Disney’s $52 billion bid for Fox was announced in December. On Monday, sources told CNBC that Comcast is planning a $60 billion all-cash bid to acquire Fox’s assets if the U.S. government approves AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. “We made a good deal, actually a deal that shareholders reacted quite favorably to and…

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