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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Dec 15 2017

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: A Fox in the Mouse House

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Disney’s $66 bln deal for the bulk of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire is a reaction to the rapid rise of streaming-content providers like Netflix, and lets CEO Bob Iger delay retirement again. Elsewhere: the Democrats win in Alabama, and Chinese bike-sharing rides towards M&A.

Dec 14 2017

Breakingviews - Disney deal widens Murdoch legacy, erases discount

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Walt Disney is expanding its Magic Kingdom to include the Murdoch empire. It is paying $52.4 billion in stock to own a slimmed-down Twenty-First Century Fox, including the movie studio and a 39 percent stake in Sky. It’s a historic deal for media mogul Rupert Murdoch – and it should erase the discount afflicting his long-suffering shareholders.

Dec 13 2017

Breakingviews - Fox deal will test Disney’s chief Mouseketeer

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Disney's chief Mouseketeer is about to face his biggest test. The $160 billion media conglomerate is close to striking a deal to acquire parts of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox empire, pegged at $60 billion by CNBC. Some are an odd fit and regulators may not like Disney expanding in sports and movies. Boss Bob Iger has his work cut out.

Dec 06 2017

Breakingviews - The Force could be with Disney-Fox deal

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Force could be with a Walt Disney deal for Twenty-First Century Fox. The Magic Kingdom is getting close to buying parts of Rupert Murdoch’s $60 billion empire, according to news reports. Disney would add to its clout with global outlets and cable content. The Murdoch family, meanwhile, may fancy shares in a bigger group. A deal could help with succession problems at both companies, too.

Dec 04 2017

Breakingviews - Facebook targets children with Snap rip-off

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facebook is launching a messaging app for kids under 12. It’s a bid to attract a new generation of users by a company struggling to lure youngsters from Snapchat. Yet it’s also a political gamble for the $500 billion social-networking site.

Nov 28 2017

Breakingviews - Slim chance of Kochs taking over Meredith media

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Despite some media pundits’ suspicions to the contrary, David and Charles Koch may be cooking up nothing more than a decent investment in publisher Meredith. Through Koch Industries’ private-equity arm, the Republican-leaning activist U.S. billionaires are sinking $650 million into Meredith to help it buy Time Inc for $2.8 billion including debt. The Kochs get preferred shares, but no votes or board seats. Like Carlos Slim’s loan to the New York Times, the potential returns look more financial than political.

Nov 27 2017

Breakingviews - Time beats the clock in $2.8 bln deal

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Time beat the clock. After rejecting at least two earlier entreaties, the publisher of Fortune, Sports Illustrated and other magazines agreed to be acquired by rival Meredith for $1.8 billion, which includes a hefty 46 percent premium. It’s a lucky break because a go-it-alone strategy looked doomed. Bountiful cost savings, however, will go to the buyer and its new billionaire backers.

Nov 21 2017

Breakingviews - Trump administration scrambles media signals

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - President Donald Trump’s administration is scrambling media signals. The Department of Justice on Monday sued to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner over concerns the two will use content to stiff rivals. But another agency intends to scrap rules that force internet providers to treat web traffic equally.

Nov 20 2017

Breakingviews - Randall Stephenson makes his last stand

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Randall Stephenson is going to war. The AT&T chief executive is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice after it sued to block his $85 billion merger with Time Warner. Faced with similar opposition six years ago, Stephenson gave up a $39 billion tilt for T-Mobile US. Anything less than all-out victory this time would be fatal.

Nov 17 2017

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: AT&T’s $85 bln deal runs into static

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The telecom firm’s acquisition of Time Warner, owner of CNN, may hit regulatory hurdles in D.C. President Trump’s caustic tweets against the news network look self-interested, but watchdogs could yet legitimately rethink norms of competition. Plus: GE searches for a way forward.

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