Key Developments: News Corp (NWSA.O)

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Newcastle Investment Corp Completes Acquisition of Dow Jones Local Media Group From News Corp
Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 10:10am EDT 

Newcastle Investment Corp announced that it has acquired Dow Jones Local Media Group (Local Media Group) from News Corp for $87 million. The Company made a total equity investment of $54 million, including transaction expenses, and financed the remainder of the purchase price with $33 million of debt. Local Media Group operates 33 local publications, including 8 daily and 15 weekly newspapers, in 7 states. Many of these publications have been providing vital local content to their communities for over 75 years. The Local Media Group operations will be managed by GateHouse Media, Inc. (GateHouse), one of the publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States with a portfolio of products that includes over 400 community publications and approximately 350 related websites. GateHouse is an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, Newcastle`s manager.  Full Article

News Corp Buys Online Soccer Rights In Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia-Reuters
Monday, 12 Aug 2013 08:30am EDT 

Reuters reported that News Corp has secured rights to show online digital clips for English Premier League soccer and other leagues in Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia, coinciding with the launch of new Internet and mobile products.  Full Article

AT&T Inc and Others Race To Buy News Corp And Walt Disney Co's Hulu-Reuters
Monday, 8 Jul 2013 09:19pm EDT 

Reuters reported that News Corp and Walt Disney Co owned Hulu has attracted three bids of over $1 billion from suitors including a partnership of AT&T Inc and Chernin Group, the Wall Street Journal reported. The three highest bidders also include DirecTV and Guggenheim Digital Media which is jointly bidding with private equity firm KKR & CO LLP the Journal said. The deal could be sealed in a week or two after the deadline for bids ends this week, it added.  Full Article

The New News Corp Launches As Global Media And Information Services Company
Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 06:30pm EDT 

News Corp announced that it has completed the separation of its businesses from 21st Century Fox (formerly called News Corporation), effective today at 4:30 pm EDT. The new News Corp is a global network of valuable and complementary brands in news and information services, sports programming in Australia, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education, and pay-TV distribution in Australia. News Corp’s global portfolio includes Amplify, The Australian, The Courier Mail, Dow Jones, Fox Sports Australia, Foxtel, HarperCollins, Herald Sun, The New York Post, News America Marketing, REA, The Sun, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times of London, The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal.  Full Article

News Corp And The New News Corporation Inc Execute On Stockholder Rights Agreements; Announces Name Change
Sunday, 16 Jun 2013 06:28pm EDT 

News Corp and New News Corporation announced that, in advance of the separation of the Company into two distinct publicly traded companies (the Separation), 21st Century Fox (which will be the new name of the Company after the Separation) and the new News Corporation Inc, the Company and the new News Corporation have each entered into the previously announced stockholder rights agreements as of June 14, 2013. In connection with the rights agreements, the Company and the new News Corporation will distribute one right for each outstanding share of their common stock held by all stockholders at the close of business on June 21, 2013, with the distribution conditioned upon the completion of the separation. Each right entitles the holder to purchase one one-thousandth of a share of 21st Century Fox Series A junior participating preferred stock or the new News Corporation Series A junior participating preferred stock (each subject to anti-dilution provisions), as applicable, upon the occurrence of certain triggering events. The purchase price for the 21st Century Fox Series A junior participating preferred stock and the new News Corporation Series A junior participating preferred stock will be the exercise price of $150.00 and $90.00, respectively, subject to certain adjustments. The rights agreements will expire on May 24, 2014, in the case of the Company, or one year after the date of the Separation, in the case of the new News Corporation.  Full Article

j2 Global Inc's subsidiary acquires IGN Entertainment from News Corp
Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 07:00pm EST 

j2 Global Inc:Says Ziff Davis, Inc. subsidiary has acquired IGN Entertainment, a leader in video game, entertainment and men's lifestyle content, from News Corp.Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  Full Article


Australia's Hoyts plans record cinema IPO as Netflix waits in wings

SYDNEY - An Australian private equity firm is preparing the world's biggest listing of a cinema chain, in a shrinking market that's already the world leader in Internet piracy and is about to receive online streaming juggernaut Netflix .

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