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21st Century Fox president ‘would prefer to sell to Disney’

Peter Rice described rumours of Comcast interest as 'speculation-palooza'

Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox and Fox networks group chairman, has said he would prefer for the majority of the company’s assets to be acquired by Disney.

Rice told an audience in Southern California: “I think it’s a great fit for Disney.”

It follows speculation last week that NBCUniversal owner Comcast is considering throwing its hat back into the ring, despite the deal with Disney already being announced.

“We’ve had a speculation-palooza,” said Rice when asked about Comcast’s moves. He admitted that Fox assets would be a great complement to both companies, but argued that ultimately if he had to choose, Disney would be a better partner. “We are excited about it,” he said of the announced deal.