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Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon Launch Joint Takeover Bid For Network Ten

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 06 / 17

Billionaire media moguls Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon are "launching a joint takeover bid for Network Ten," according to David Chau of the ABC. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission confirmed that it "commenced a review of this proposed acquisition." If the deal proceeds, it would...

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Sydney To Host NCAA Football Game

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News Corp. Partners With AOC

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NRL Roosters Fear Player Burnout

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