21st Century Fox selling 39% stake in Sky to Comcast

Rupert Murdoch’s control of the satellite broadcaster Sky plc is coming to an end after almost 30 years.

21st Century Fox has agreed to sell its 39% stake in Sky plc to American global telecommunications conglomerate Comcast.

On Saturday, Comcast won a bidding war for a controlling stake in the satellite broadcaster. Comcast offered £17.28 per share – valuing Sky at £29.7 billion.

Comcast_SkyFox lost its bid of £15.67 a share for full control of Sky at the auction conducted by the UK Takeover Panel.

The company said: “In light of the premium Comcast has agreed to pay for Sky, we and Disney have decided to sell 21CF’s existing 39% holding in Sky to Comcast.

“We congratulate Comcast on their pending acquisition.”

“When we launched Sky in 1989 it was four channels produced from a prefab structure in an industrial park on the fringes of west London,” Fox said.

“We bet – and almost lost – the farm on launching a business that many didn’t think was such a good idea.

“Today, Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company and a world-class example of a customer-driven enterprise.

“This achievement would not have been possible without decades of entrepreneurial risk-taking and the commitment of thousands of colleagues, creators and dreamers.

“For nearly 30 years we have invested to create a dynamic and exciting business that has produced excellent returns for shareholders and has become one of the most admired companies in Europe.”