Comcast made its highly anticipated bid for 21st Century Fox official on Wednesday, offering $US65 billion for the company, excluding the Fox News and Fox Business channels.
The bid, $US35 per share in cash, is roughly 24% higher than Disney’s previous offer of $US52 billion for the company’s production assets and movie franchises.
“We have long admired what the Murdoch family has built at Twenty-First Century Fox,” Comcast said in a letter to 21st Century Fox’s board of directors. “After our meetings last year, we came away convinced that the 21CF businesses to be sold are highly complementary to ours, and that our company would be the right strategic home for them.”
To read more about Comcast’s offer, click here.
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