Fox deliberating with multiple buyers for TV, film assets

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"Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about earlier this year", notes the outlet.

Comcast apparently wants to purchase some of Fox's American networks as well as global assets, including Star India and a minority stake in the European broadcaster Sky.

Neither Disney nor Comcast can buy the Fox broadcast TV network because they already own ABC and NBC, respectively.

Among other duties, the pair are working to expand partnerships with independent production companies, with Twentieth Century Fox recently announcing a partnership with Locksmith Animation in the United Kingdom.

Fox shares have gained about 9 percent in value in the last six months. Fox did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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A week after reports of interest from Walt Disney Co in buying out much of Rupert Murdoch's USA film and television empire, the sources hinted at the prospect of a battle between other media suitors for the assets. The NBCUniversal parent is also eyeing Fox's movie studio, cable networks and its regional sports network.

The sector is being roiled by so-called "cord cutting" with consumers ending or paring expensive bundles of cable channels, and younger viewers relying on streaming services.

The DOJ's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said at the American Bar Association on Thursday that the agency is not interested in placing "behavioral remedies" on the AT&T-Time Warner deal and is seeking structural solutions to competition issues.

Reports that the Murdoch family could sell parts of its empire came as a surprise last week. There is also speculation that the Murdochs might use the proceeds from selling off big pieces of 21st Century Fox to take an enlarged News Corp. private.

Murdoch began a gradual withdrawal from both companies in 2013, and now shares the title of chairman with his eldest son Lachlan at both firms.