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Latest Fox Bombshell Drops Into Sky Deal Review at Crucial Time

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The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority is looking into issues of corporate culture at Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. as part of its review of the New York-based company’s 11.7 billion-pound ($15.4 billion) bid for the rest of Sky. “It raises yet more questions about the corporate culture at 21st Century Fox,” Watson said. The January settlement “was discussed with Ofcom and this is also reflected in their final decision,” Fox said in a statement Monday to Bloomberg News. Nevertheless, Ofcom said that James and Lachlan Murdoch had revised Fox’s corporate governance arrangements and Ofcom didn’t believe that future such cases wouldn’t be investigated and resolved appropriately at Sky.

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Negative shift in social media mentions for Sky PLC (LON100:SKY)

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Edited Transcript of SKY.L earnings conference call or presentation 12-Oct-17 7:30am GMT

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Andrew John Griffith, Sky plc - Group COO, CFO & Executive Director [3]. We've made a strong start to the year, and we're continuing, I think, to make good progress on our plans across the group. So there's nothing particularly that stops us, I think, going after it. Yes, look, I think, on the convergence thing and the opportunity for -- in BT broadband in our homes, it's -- you're right, it's there.

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James Murdoch re-elected as Sky chairman with the backing of independents

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James Murdoch is said to have won about 78% support, including the 40% of Sky owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, where he is the CEO. Those votes included the 40% of Sky owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, where James is chief executive officer. “I’m confident we’ll get to a conclusion by the middle of next year,” James Murdoch said. The following year, Rupert Murdoch used his voting clout to block a News Corp investor proposal calling for an independent chairman.

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Sky shareholders reelect James Murdoch as chair

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LN) on Thursday reported that all resolutions were passed at its annual general meeting, but motions to reappoint James Murdoch as chairman and to approve the directors' remuneration report had lower levels of support. The broadcaster's motion to reappoint Mr. Murdoch as chairman passed with 78% of votes, while approval of the remuneration report passed with 71%. 21st Century Fox and News Corp, parent company of Dow Jones, share common ownership. Mr. Murdoch is also chief executive of 21st Century Fox Inc. FOX-0.27% which has agreed to take full control of Sky, in a deal currently being scrutinized by U.K. regulators.

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EXTRA: Sky Says "Excellent" Profit Growth As Full Year Remains On Track

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Sky highlighted that its Germany and Austria profit growth was achieved despite a GBP30.0 million increase in Bundesliga costs after it started a new four year rights contract. In Germany and Austria, Ebitda grew 35% to GBP23.0 million from GBP16.0 million the year before. The quarter saw the company focus on "accelerating" Sky Mobile customer growth in the UK. The company also said it had entered Switzerland, a new market for Sky, through the launch of its direct-to-consumer Sky Sport streaming service.

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Murdoch Re-Elected as Sky Chairman With Backing of Independents

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(Bloomberg) -- James Murdoch was re-elected as chairman of Sky Plc with the narrow backing of independent shareholders, according to a person familiar with the matter, overcoming opposition from investor groups that had raised concerns about his role amid a takeover bid from the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox Inc. Murdoch won about 78 percent support, said the person, who asked not to be named before the results were announced. Those votes included the 40 percent of Sky owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, where James is chief executive officer. The following year, Rupert Murdoch used his voting clout to block a News Corp. investor proposal calling for an independent chairman. “I’m confident we’ll get to a conclusion by the middle of next year,” James Murdoch said.

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Premier League Soccer Gains Viewers in Season Start on Sky, BT

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(Bloomberg) -- Early season viewing for Premier League soccer is up, offering a potential boost to prospects for a coming auction of some of the world’s most lucrative sports rights. Sky Plc, with rights to most games, has drawn an average of 819,000 TV viewers per match since the season began in August, up 8 percent over a year earlier, according to data compiled by Enders Analysis. “Football is great, Premier League is important, but it’s only one part of the mix,” Darroch said. Some analysts are skeptical that Sky and BT can afford to pay more for Premier League rights at the next auction which closes early in 2018, amid the backdrop of wider audience declines.

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James Murdoch to Win Backing of Sky’s Independent Shareholders

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BloombergOctober 12, 2017. James Murdoch is poised to win a narrow majority of independent shareholder votes in favor of his re-election as chairman of Sky Plc, according to a person familiar with the situation, overcoming opposition from several advisory groups that had raised concerns about board independence. Murdoch is set to win about 51 percent of independent shares cast, based on proxies received ahead of the Thursday’s annual shareholder meeting, said the person, who asked not to be named before the results were final. Read James Murdoch to Win Backing of Sky’s Independent Shareholders on bloomberg. The Institute of Directors , an influential voice in U.K. corporate governance, has urged the broadcaster’s board to replace Murdoch if he didn’t win the backing of investors not affiliated with Fox.

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Sky’s recent share price weakness makes it a ‘short-term investment opportunity’, says City broker

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Sky’s recent share price weakness makes it a ‘short-term investment opportunity’, says City broker. Sky PLC’s (LON:SKY) recent share price softness represents a “short-term investment opportunity”, according to analysts at City broker Liberum. That offer, which is currently being probed by competition regulators, values each Sky share at £10.75 – well above the £9.20 level where the price currently sits, which suggests investors aren’t convinced the deal will get the green light. He doesn’t expect media plurality or broadcasting standards – the two things the CMA is looking into – should be an issue for Sky.

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Sky PLC (LON100:SKY) price changed by 0.65% to 919.00

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