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NEWS CORP/TCI VENTURE SOUTH OF THE BORDER FOR NEW MARKETS
Published November 21, 1995
Rupert Murdoch and TCI officials officially announced yesterday they have joined with two of Latin America's largest broadcasters to launch a 150-channel satellite TV service. Murdoch and TCI Chair John Malone join with Globo, the leading media company in Brazil, and Grupo Televisa, the vast Mexican broadcaster. They plan an initial investment of $500M in the service, which is scheduled to begin in May. The service will transmit entertainment, news and sports programming to homes with satellite dishes and digital receivers (Mark Landler, N.Y. TIMES, 11/21). Murdoch said the market consists of 400 million households and that the deal is "one of the most far-reaching moves in global broadcasting." Murdoch said the recent venture between News Corp. and TCI's Liberty Media to build a global sports franchise would be "a key programming supplier to the partnership." Financial details are still being discussed, but the venture will be handled by News Corp., and co-owned News Corp., Globo, and Televisa (30% each) and TCI (10%) (Durie & Yelland, N.Y. POST, 11/21). Profits will be divided among the partners according to the regions they inhabit (BLOOMBERG/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/21).