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Fox says Sky shareholders have until October 6 to accept its offer 

Rupert Murdoch
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Twenty-First Century Fox said on Monday that its 14 pounds per share bid for Sky will remain open for acceptances until October 6.

As of Monday, Rupert Murdoch-controlled Fox said it had received valid acceptances for shares representing about 0.07 percent of Sky.

Rival bidder Comcast said last week its bid of 14.75 pounds for each Sky share would remain open for acceptance until Oct. 6, and that it had received acceptances for shares representing 0.29 percent of Sky.

(Disclosure: Comcast is parent of NBCUniversal and CNBC.)

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Key Points
  • Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox have been locked in a transatlantic battle for British broadcaster Sky for almost two years, although the very public contest appears to be entering its final phase.
  • Sky's appeal to the U.S. media companies is such that owning the firm would give them both a rare opportunity to diversify out of North America and reach consumers more directly. It has a stock market value of around £26.8 billion ($35 billion).
  • To make things slightly more complicated, Comcast and Disney separately traded bids to buy Fox. Disney won that particular contest, agreeing to buy a chunk of Fox assets — including its existing Sky stake — for $71 billion.