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Disney ‘renews interest in Fox’

Murdochs expected to decide by the end of the year if sale will move forward

Disney has reportedly renewed its interest in purchasing some of 21st Century Fox’s assets.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the talks centre on Fox’s film and TV studios as well its international assets, including its 39 per cent stake in Sky PLC and India’s Star TV. 

Fox News Channel, the Fox Broadcasting Company and sports network FS1 are not expected to be part of the package.

Disney’s interest in Fox first came to light in November, although talks were then said to have halted. NBCUniversal’s owner Comcast was then said to be interested in a deal. 

According to the WSJ, the Murdoch family hopes to decide whether to pursue a sale by the end of the year.

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