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News Corporation (NWS)

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  • Jun. 19, 2013, 5:05 AM
    Shares in new News Corp. (NWS), which will hold the company's publishing assets when it splits on June 28, fell 3% to $14.55 on their trading debut in Sydney after opening at a lower-than-expected $15. The non-voting stock slumped over 8% to $14.30. Due to the split, shares in 21st Century Fox, the entertainment business that comprises the other half of News Corp and is still trading under the parent company's name for now, dropped 6.9% to $30.53.
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  • Jun. 14, 2013, 1:26 PM
    Stanley Druckenmiller took out a new 2.3M share position in News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) during Q1, according to SEC filings. The investor is far from the first billionaire to have loaded up on the media giant in front of its planned spinoff.
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  • Jun. 14, 2013, 8:17 AM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) trades 1.1% lower premarket after announcing longtime CFO David DeVoe will retire. It's a busy time for Rupert Murdoch these days, not only is his business splitting into two, he's also reported to be splitting up his marriage. Unlike the predicament Steve Wynn found himself in with shares of Wynn Resorts and a divorce situation, Wendi Murdoch doesn't have a sizable stake in the media company.
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  • Jun. 14, 2013, 4:47 AM
    Intel (INTC) is reportedly encountering difficulty in signing up programming deals for its upcoming online TV service, with major media companies such as Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA), News Corp (NWS) and Comcast (CMCSA) yet to sign on. Pressure from cable TV providers such as Time Warner (TWC) is one reason, as is a fear of damaging the current lucrative ecosystem that the content and service providers enjoy.
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  • Jun. 13, 2013, 4:17 PM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) CFO David DeVoe will retire at the end of FY13 (ends this month), and is being replaced by deputy CFO John Nallen. DeVoe, 65, has been News Corp.'s CFO since 1990. He'll remain on the media giant's board, and serve as a "senior advisor." Nallen will oversee Fox's finance functions after News Corp.'s breakup. (PR)
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  • Jun. 13, 2013, 12:02 PM
    A deal which will see DirecTV (DTV +0.1%) purchase Hulu (CMCSA, DIS, NWS) by the end of the month is imminent, sources tell PandoDaily. The acquisition would fill a large void in DirecTV's offerings which would be difficult to build from ground up and also allow it to play some defense against Hulu falling into a rival's hands.
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  • Jun. 13, 2013, 5:57 AM
    Fox's ad commitments for the upcoming season starting in September have reportedly fallen about 10% on year to $1.75B even though rates have risen 5-7%. The reason for the drop in commitments at the News Corp (NWS) unit is a 21% decline in ratings in the season that's just ended. The amount Fox attracted is far less than the $2.7B that CBS achieved.
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  • Jun. 11, 2013, 11:31 AM
    Shareholders at News Corp (NWS, NWSA) officially approve the planned split of the company into separate businesses at its annual meeting. Voting details aren't in, but Rupert Murdoch says the measure was approved by an "overwhelming majority" of proxy voters. With the Murdoch family controlling close to 40% of the votes, tallying up the results was only a formality.
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  • Jun. 6, 2013, 1:32 PM
    Unanswered questions about the NFL's deal with Verizon: 1) Are CBS (CBS -0.9%) and Fox (NWS -0.8%) getting a free ride out of the arrangement between the NFL and Verizon which will see games steamed live on mobile phones or will it cut into the benefits of their own deal to stream games on devices other than TVs and smartphones? 2) If the deal allows games to be viewed on phones, but not tablets, where will the line be drawn as the two wireless products increasingly resemble each other? 3) Will Verizon (VZ +2.3%) recoup its investment over the long-term as new subscribers stay on board or will the fees subscribers pay for access to the NFL cover the cost? 4) Is DirecTV (DTV +0.2%) the odd man out as its NFL Sunday Ticket package begins to look outdated?
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  • Jun. 6, 2013, 11:13 AM
    AT&T (T) has reportedly joined the ranks of companies weighing bids for Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWS): sources tell Kara Swisher Ma Bell is in talks with a company run by former News Corp. COO Peter Chermin to make a joint offer for the online video site. But before investors start mulling the potential U-verse and mobile implications, it should be noted Yahoo, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Guggenheim Partners have also been named as interested parties in recent weeks. (previous)
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  • Jun. 4, 2013, 6:38 AM
    Fox Broadcasting (NWS, NWSA) seeks to stop Dish Network's (DISH) AutoHop ad-skipping service by asking a federal judge to overturn a ruling from a district judge on the issue. In its filing, Fox contends that AutoHop is an "unprecedented threat" to the ad-supported TV model.
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  • Jun. 2, 2013, 2:53 AM
    Satellite operator DirecTV (DTV) and two other unidentified suitors have reportedly bid over $1B each to acquire Hulu. The owners of the online video service, which are News Corp (NWS), Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA), have received seven offers for the company, and intend to cut the shortlist down over the next few weeks. Previous reports have said that other bidders include Yahoo (YHOO), KKR (KKR) and Time Warner Cable (TWC).
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  • May. 30, 2013, 10:00 AM
    Hulu (DIS, NWS, CMCSA) says its top global operations exec resigned earlier this month to continue a trend of management heading for the exits. What to watch: Amid the excitement over a number of big-name media and tech suitors entering the chase for Hulu is the reality that securing a final deal will be difficult. The streaming service relies on fresh content from NBC, ABC, and Fox - but will those deals be extended to a new owner?
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  • May. 28, 2013, 3:48 PM
    What makes Hulu so valuable? Despite revenue streams that aren't fully realized yet, the Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWS) brand is already worth more than any of the networks, argues RBC Capital Market's David Bank. Though still only a minor player on the subscription side, the company sits in a dominant position to take advantage of the boom expected in online video advertising. Does the drop today in Netflix (NFLX -6.3%) have more to do with the threat of Hulu being owned by a bigger company than disappointing reviews for Arrested Development?
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  • May. 24, 2013, 6:25 PM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) expects to write down the value of its soon-to-be-independent publishing business by $1.2B-$1.4B this quarter, according to an SEC filing. The media company says "certain of its goodwill and intangible assets were potentially impaired” at the publishing business, which includes newspapers such as the NY Post and WSJ.
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  • May. 24, 2013, 3:12 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO +1.7%) throws its name into the Hulu hat to join a number of P-E firms as well as DirecTV and Time Warner Cable in the hunt. Owners Disney (DIS +0.1%), Comcast (CMCSA +0.2%), and News Corp (NWS, NWSA) will weigh the best offer, but will also want to position themselves on the content side to be protected. (Previous on Hulu-mania)
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News Corp is a diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers and businesses.