INTERNATIONAL – Comcast said it would stop buying Sky’s shares in the market after it secured 38 percent of the stock plus the 39 percent holding from Rupert Murdoch in the $40 billion (R565bn) takeover.
The US cable company emerged triumphant in the long-running battle for the pay-TV group after it beat Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox in a rare auction held last weekend.
The deal, struck at a price of £17.28, also marks a setback for US entertainment giant Walt Disney which would have been Sky’s ultimate owner as it has agreed a separate $71bn deal to buy most of Fox’s film and TV assets.
Fox, which helped to launch the British-based company, said on Wednesday it would now sell its 39 percent stake in Sky to Comcast, giving its US rival more than 51 percent control.
Comcast will issue the offer document on Thursday and shareholders will then be able to tender their shares in the normal way. Investors have until October 11 to do so.
The deal will give Comcast, owner of Universal Pictures and the NBC network, a global footprint of 53 million customers.