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So What's new in The Cable Game?

Written By mista sense on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | 12:54 PM


Talk about an Extra!! This is hot stuff:

NEW YORK (AP) - Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, said Tuesday it received an unsolicited bid from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to buy the company for $5 billion, but it was unclear whether the family that controls the company would sell.

Dow Jones issued a brief statement confirming that its board had received the offer from News Corp. to buy the company at $60 a share, either in cash or a combination of cash and News Corp. stock. News of the offer, which was first reported on CNBC, sent Dow Jones' shares soaring, and also lifted those of other newspaper publishers.

Dow Jones is controlled by the Bancroft family through a special class of shares and cannot be taken over without their consent. The company said that its board and members of the family were evaluating the proposal, and that there was no assurance it would lead to a transaction.

Certainly puts the forthcoming Fox Business Channel in a new light.

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