August 17, 2012 |
Liberty Media informed the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that it had acquired more than 48% of Sirius XM Radio's shares and intends to push that amount above 50% in order to take control over the New York satellite radio company. Liberty disclosed the plan several months after it failed to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to grant it control over Sirius based on its ownership of 40% of the company's shares. Sirius' chief executive, Mel Karmazin, rebuffed the takeover attempt at the time, saying Liberty's argument that its 40% stake was sufficient to gain control was akin to proclaiming "Forty is the new 50. " Liberty's chairman, John Malone, might have taken that barb to heart.
May 20, 2011 |
Barnes & Noble Inc. announced late Thursday that it had received a buyout proposal from Liberty Media Corp. in a deal valuing the bookseller at about $1 billion. Liberty, based in Englewood, Colo., owns interests in numerous media, retail and other companies, including the Starz and QVC cable channels, the Expedia and Evite websites and the Atlanta Braves baseball team. The company offered $17 a share in cash for Barnes & Noble, a 20% premium over the bookseller's closing stock price of $14.11 on Thursday.
April 25, 2008 |
Liberty Media Corp. Chairman John Malone's compensation package jumped 80% to $6 million in 2007 as his media company worked to streamline its holdings and acquire a stake in El Segundo-based satellite TV provider DirecTV. The company also rewarded Chief Executive Greg Maffei with compensation totaling $19.2 million, more than triple his 2006 package. The bulk of the increase came in stock and stock options that the company valued at $15.1 million.
September 4, 2008 |
Liberty Media Corp. plans to split off its stake in DirecTV Group Inc., a move that may make it easier for Chairman John Malone to acquire the rest of the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider. The new company, Liberty Entertainment Inc., will include almost 50% of DirecTV plus all of cable network Starz Entertainment and Liberty Sports Holdings, Englewood, Colo.- based Liberty Media said Wednesday. The sports unit owns three regional cable networks. Malone could use Liberty Entertainment as a platform to blend DirecTV's distribution with cable and satellite channels, said Chris Marangi, associate manager of the Gabelli Value Fund in Rye, N.Y. Malone obtained his DirecTV stake in a share swap with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
January 22, 2004 |
Liberty Media Corp. has increased its stake in media behemoth News Corp., becoming its largest shareholder and second-largest voting block, according to a regulatory filing. Englewood, N.J.-based Liberty Media, which owns stakes in various media companies, bought a 9.15% voting interest in News Corp., bringing its total equity interest to about 17%. From Dow Jones/Associated Press
February 15, 2002 |
Liberty Media's plan to become Germany's dominant cable-TV operator hit a new hurdle when regulators warned they may prevent the U.S. company from acquiring "last-mile" connections held by German operator TeleColumbus. Liberty Media wants to purchase the network from Deutsche Bank to complement a $4.9-billion deal in which it would buy six regional cable-TV networks from debt-laden Deutsche Telekom, the former German phone monopoly.