Fox Board Meeting to Consider Comcast Bid

The board of 21st Century Fox will weigh Comcast’s $65 billion bid to buy most of its film and television assets in a meeting on Wednesday, Variety has confirmed.

The sit-down will take place a week after Comcast threw a wrench in the Walt Disney Company’s plans to purchase the bulk of Fox in a deal valued at $52.4 billion. Comcast had previously tried to buy Fox’s film and television assets, a collection of brands and labels that includes 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, and FX. However, its offer was rejected over regulatory concerns.

The Fox meeting had been pre-set before Comcast entered its spoiler bid, but recent events mean it will be topic number one at the gathering.

A recent court decision rejecting anti-trust claims and paving the way for AT&T to buy Time Warner has emboldened Comcast to make another run at Fox. At the very least, the media company hopes to drive the price up and force Disney, a chief competitor, to pay more for its prize.

Disney will have an opportunity to sweeten its own offer. As part of its deal with Fox, Disney has the right to make a new bid, and will be given five days to submit a new proposal. That goes into effect after the Fox board formally decides whether or not Comcast’s offer is superior to Disney’s bid.

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