News Corp ups stake in Alwaleed's Rotana

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Prince Alwaleed with News Corp's Rupert Murdoch.

Prince Alwaleed with News Corp's Rupert Murdoch.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has increased its stake in Saudi Arabia-based media firm Rotana Group by acquiring newly-issued shares in the company.

News Corp will pay $35m for the shares, which will take its stake in Rotana to 18.97 percent. Last year, News Corp upped its stake to 14.53 percent.

The acquisition was announced after a meeting of the Rotana board chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Rotana Holding, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Rotana owns the Arab world's largest record label and about 40 percent of the region's movies, and operates a number of free-to-air television channels.

Prince Alwaleed holds a stake of about seven percent in News Corp through his investment vehicle Kingdom Holding Co.

News Corp acquired an initial stake in Rotana in May 2010, in an investment worth around $70m.

The media giant had another 18 months after the completion of the deal to double its stake for another $70m.

In January, US media giant News Corp secured a deal to take a minority stake in Dubai media company the Moby Group, in a bid to aid the group’s expansion around the Middle East.

The New York-based firm will help finance Moby’s debut in new markets and also provide media expertise, a statement said.

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Posted by: Blake Johnson

I'm not surprised by this. I listen to Glenn Beck all the time, and he has said that big Islamic corporations like CAIR have a significant influence in ALL major media networks, except for The Blaze of course. I don't blame him for leaving Fox News in 2011. You're never really free to tell the truth if you have outside forces controlling some of how your news network reports on stories.

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