"They suddenly realized that if they were to turn down this deal, they would also be on the hook for paying all those fees to their advisers," Faber said, including Merrill Lynch and the law firm of Wachtell Lipton. "It adds up to a big number. So they started "to change their minds."
"I am deeply gratified at the level of support we have received from the Bancroft family and its trustees," Murdoch said in a statement. "Given the Bancrofts' long and distinguished history as custodians of Dow Jones, we appreciate how difficult this decision was for some family members. I want to offer the Bancrofts my thanks, and an assurance that our company and my family will be equally strong custodians.''
"It is our most fervent hope that in the years to come, the Wall Street Journal will continue to enjoy, and deserve, the universal admiration and respect in which it is held all over the world, and that the Journal and Dow Jones' other print and online publications will continue to achieve great things as part of a larger, well-capitalized, global organization committed to upholding the long tradition of journalistic excellence, independence and editorial integrity of which we are all so proud," the Bancroft familty said in a separate statement.
The companies plan to establish a five-member committee "with the objective of assuring the continued journalistic and editorial integrity and independence of Dow Jones' publications and services."
A Bancroft family member "or another mutually acceptable person" will also sit on the board of News Corp.
Mounting Fees Swing the Deal
Tuesday's board meetings came after members of the Bancroft family holding about 37% of Dow Jones' voting shares signaled that they favored the deal. That level of support represents more than half of the 64% voting shares held by the family.