News Corp kicks off Myspace sale process

NEW YORK Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:17am EST

People leave the News Corporation building in New York, June 26, 2007. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

People leave the News Corporation building in New York, June 26, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday.

The media conglomerate has received early interest from around 20 parties so far and expects to receive more inquiries

as the process develops in coming weeks.

Reuters reported earlier this month that News Corp had tapped boutique investment bank Allen & Co to aid with the process.

News Corp executives and bankers from Allen & Co will start talking to interested parties in the second week of March the person said.

Most of the buyout or spin-off interest is expected to come from financial parties such as private equity and venture capital. But possible strategic interest could come from parties such as mobile social networking site MocoSpace and gaming site Zynga. The person said Zynga is currently not in talks with News Corp about Myspace. MocoSpace said earlier this month it was interested in buying Myspace.

News Corp acquired Myspace in 2005 for $580 million after News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch famously swooped in to beat rivals such as MTV owner Viacom Inc in the bidding. But since then, the loss-making website has become increasingly irrelevant as a social network for many users who have migrated to Facebook.

(Reporting by Yinka Adegoke; editing by Andre Grenon)

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Comments (1)
whystop wrote:
The only way for Myspace to revive is to have full interconnection with Facebook, something Facebook will likely fight.
Anthony
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