Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Raids at the UK offices of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire over possible antitrust violations relating to sports rights wouldn’t have been welcome news to News Corp’s Foxtel as it continues discussions for Australia’s $1 billion cricket rights.

Summary

  • Raids at the UK offices of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire over possible antitrust violations relating to sports rights wouldn’t have been welcome news to News Corp’s Foxtel as it continues discussions for Australia’s $1 billion cricket rights.
  • The European Commission raided the offices of a number of EU companies involved in sports broadcasting and rights, including the London, Hammersmith offices of Fox Networks Group (FNG) – owned by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
  • Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox says it is cooperating with the investigation.
  • FNG is the operating unit handling TV and cables, producing and distributing sports and entertainment shows across brands such as Fox Sports Media Group and Fox Cable Networks.
  • In a statement provided to Fairfax Media, an FNG spokeswoman said the company was “cooperating fully” with the investigation.


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