Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal

Broadcaster Sky and 21st Century Fox have reached agreement on the terms of a takeover deal. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox will pay £11.7bn for the 61% stake it does not already own. Sky shareholders will receive £10.75 in cash for each share, valuing the entire company at £18.5bn. The deal comes amid concerns that Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the Sun and the Times newspapers, will have excessive influence over UK media. Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, will have 10 days to decide whether the Fox bid raises public…

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Opec countries agree first oil output cut in eight years

Opec countries have agreed their first supply cut in eight years in order to boost the price of oil. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Opec’s president, said a cut of 1.2 million barrels a day would start from January. It comes after more than two years of depressed oil prices, which have more than halved since 2014, due to a supply glut on the market. The price of Brent crude jumped 9% to $51.57 a barrel, and US crude rose8.2% to $48.9%. According Mr Al-Sada, key non-Opec countries were party to…

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