Britain clears Rupert Murdoch's Fox to bid for Sky

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But it comes after the takeover saga stepped up a gear as Comcast increased its offer for Sky to £26 billion, just hours after Fox hiked its bid to £24.5 billion.

"They're way behind the curve still", said Crispin Odey, founder of Odey Asset Management LLP, which owns shares of Sky. "I think it will go at about 18 pounds". Take a look at Sky today.

All eyes will now turn to Fox to see if it will increase its offer for the 61% of Sky that it does not already own.

"We could be seeing a bidding prioritization by Comcast for Sky over Fox, perhaps due to the fact that Comcast cannot afford both, and has to choose its battles", Cahall wrote.

The expectation from some analysts had been that Fox would wait for final United Kingdom approval before coming back with a higher bid, but with Prime Minister Theresa May's government committing to release a decision on Thursday, Fox pulled the trigger. Disney, Apollo and Blackstone declined to comment.

Fox's long-running pursuit for all of Sky has been plagued by United Kingdom government fears over media plurality and broadcasting standards and the influence of Australian-born USA citizen Murdoch.

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The recently installed Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, who took over from Matt Hancock earlier this week, has reviewed the process and has found that it is "scrupulously clear, fair and transparent", paving the way for Rupert Murdoch's Hollywood studio to follow through with a deal.

The speed with which Comcast's Brian Roberts returned with a higher offer was created to show how determined he is to buy the group which is present in 23 million homes across Europe.

Shares in Sky Plc were down 0.8 percent at 14.90 pounds, suggesting investors believe Comcast could come back with another improved offer.

Murdoch's Fox said the performance of Sky since December 2016, including its renewal of the right to show English Premier League matches at a lower price than expected, justified its higher offer. "This offer reflects the strong position the business is in and is an attractive premium for shareholders".

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice gave the go-ahead to Disney's acquisition of the Fox assets, asking Disney, which owns sports network ESPN, to divest all of Fox's 22 regional sports networks, known as RSNs, on antitrust grounds.

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