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6 June

News Cor­po­ra­tion, the in­ter­na­tional me­dia gi­ant owned by Ru­pert Mur­doch, agreed to take full con­trol of ESPN Star Sports, the panAsian sports broad­caster that is a joint ven­ture be­tween News Corp and US sports broad­caster ESPN, as a re­sult of a long-an­tic­i­pated deal. Sub­ject to reg­u­la­tory ap­proval, News Corp will buy ESPN’s 50-per-cent stake in the broad­caster for an undis­closed amount and as­sume own­er­ship of its wide range of sports rights, in­clud­ing top in­ter­na­tional cricket, and pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties based in Sin­ga­pore. Peter Hut­ton, pre­vi­ously se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sports at News Corp’s Fox In­ter­na­tional Chan­nels, was ap­pointed to take over as manag­ing di­rec­tor of ESPN Star Sports, suc­ceed­ing Manu Sawh­ney, who joined the com­pany when the joint ven­ture launched in 1996 and had held the top po­si­tion since 2007.

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