Comcast raises offer for Sky in bid to edge out Rupert Murdoch’s Fox

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Comcast has raised its bid for Sky to £14.75 a share, valuing the TV big at £26bn. 

The US agency’s newest bid for Sky is a rise from the £12.50-a-share provide it put ahead earlier this yr.

It was additionally greater than the £14-a-share provide put ahead by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

What’s Comcast and why is it bidding for Sky?

Brian Roberts, chief government of Comcast, mentioned: “We have now lengthy admired Sky which we consider is an excellent firm and an incredible match with Comcast.

“In the present day’s announcement additional underscores this perception and our dedication to proudly owning Sky.”

On Wednesday, Fox and Sky introduced they’d reached settlement on the phrases of a brand new provide of £14 per share, valuing Sky at £24.5bn.

Comcast’s new bid interprets 18 per cent greater than its authentic provide.

The Comcast NBC brand is proven on a constructing in Los Angeles (Reuters)

The duel for Sky is unfolding as Fox itself is the thing of a takeover battle between Comcast and Disney.

Disney mentioned in June it was providing greater than $71bn (£54bn) for Fox’s leisure companies in a counterbid to Comcast’s almost $66bn provide. 

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Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Eire and Italy in addition to the UK. It has 22.5 million clients, attracted by choices such because the English Premier League and Sport of Thrones.

Fox, which is run by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, nonetheless faces important regulatory battles in Britain.

The challenges embrace the tradition secretary’s assertion that Fox must promote Sky Information to win authorities approval due to considerations about media plurality. 

Fox’s bid for Sky is the latest episode in Mr Murdoch’s long-running effort to take full management of the corporate. 

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