September 15, 2005 |
Billionaire media investor John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. plans to retain its 18% voting stake in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the two executives are in contact, a Liberty executive said. "Our intent is to hold the assets," Liberty Senior Vice President Mark Carleton told investors at the Merrill Lynch Media & Entertainment Conference in Pasadena. "John has discussions with Rupert routinely." Those talks follow Murdoch's Aug.
March 16, 2005 |
One of the world's most valuable names on cable TV may soon be up for grabs as a result of a financial maneuver Tuesday by cable mogul John Malone. Liberty Media Corp., Malone's cable programming company, said Tuesday that it would spin off its 50% stake in Discovery Communications Inc., which owns cable networks such as the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and the Travel Channel. Discovery, based in Silver Spring, Md.
March 2, 2004 |
Liberty Media Corp., the media investment company controlled by John Malone, will do a stock swap with the heirs of Tele-Communications Inc.'s late founder, Bob Magness, reducing Malone's voting control of Liberty. Liberty will exchange 105 million Class A common shares, worth $1.2 billion at Liberty's Monday closing price, for the Magness family's Class B shares. Malone, 62, has voting rights over those shares as part of a 1998 agreement with the family.
May 16, 2003 |
Cable magnate John Malone said he has a secret weapon in the anticipated fight for control of Vivendi Universal's entertainment assets: Barry Diller. Malone said Thursday that his longtime association with the media mogul would give Liberty Media Co. an edge over rivals in a bidding war, citing a number of controls Diller holds over the disposal of the Universal movie studio, theme parks and television holdings.
August 21, 2002 |
Cable television industry titan John Malone has plans for Universal Studios that could create a new entertainment conglomerate--and potentially make him a fortune. The challenge is whether he can structure a deal that gives Vivendi Universal the cash it desperately needs right now. Malone wants to marry the cable channels he controls through Liberty Media Corp. with the Vivendi Universal Entertainment assets run by his old friend Barry Diller, according to sources.
July 12, 2002 |
John Malone, the billionaire chairman of Liberty Media Corp., said he won't rule out bidding for some of the entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal, which is in turmoil after former Chief Executive Jean-Marie Messier last week resigned under pressure. Some investors say Barry Diller, head of Vivendi's U.S. television and film business, may buy all or part of the firm's U.S. assets. Other possible bidders include Malone.