Disney Offers to Buy Sky News to Aid Rupert Murdoch’s Bid for Sky

Disney Offers to Buy Sky News to Aid Rupert Murdoch’s Bid for Sky Photo Disney has offered to buy Sky News outright to help Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, the bulk of whose assets it hopes to buy, gain regulatory approval its own bid to buy the news channel’s parent company. Credit David Moir/Reuters LONDON — The Walt Disney Company offered to buy Sky News on Tuesday — but not because the British news channel is core to Disney’s business.
Instead, the offer is meant to help Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox buy full control of Sky News’s parent company, the broadcaster Sky, a deal that has languished amid concern here in Britain that Mr. Murdoch could assume too much control over the country’s media.
Disney has a stake in the outcome of that transaction. It agreed late last year to buy the bulk of Fox’s assets — including Mr. Murdoch’s international broadcasting operations, of which Sky is a part — for $52.4 billion. And it is competing against Comcast, the American cable giant tha..

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Sanctions against Russia are ‘absurd’ & harm Italian industry – Northern League leader

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China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal

China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal Photo Bishop Joseph Li Shan, center, who was appointed by the Chinese authorities rather than the Vatican, during a Holy Saturday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-approved church in Beijing. Credit Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press BEIJING — China will not allow any foreign interference in religious affairs in the country, a senior official said on Tuesday, dousing expectations of an imminent deal with the Vatican over control of the Roman Catholic Church here.
“I think there is no religion in human society that is above the state,” the official, Chen Zongrong, said during a briefing on religious affairs in China, underscoring the government’s intention to maintain strict control over all religious organizations and their believers.
Mr. Chen’s remarks came amid reports that the Vatican was prepared to make concessions to Beijing in the appointment of the church’s bishops — inclu..