News Corp., Liberty interested in NBC Uni
Comcast has been in talks with the companyNEW YORK -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and John Malone's Liberty Media are interested in NBC Universal, according to a report by CNBC, citing sources.
Cable company Comcast has been widely reported to be in talks with NBC Universal parent General Electric to buy a controlling stake in the broadcast, cable and movie company.
Under the proposed deal, NBC Universal would become a joint venture 51% owned by Comcast and 49% by GE.
But GE, which has been pressured by investors to offload its 80% stake in NBC Universal, is considering a host of proposals for NBC Universal, as partner Vivendi SA whether to sell its 20% stake.
News Corp, which owns the Fox TV network and the Wall Street Journal, had been seen as a less likely bidder, analysts have said, because taking a stake in NBC might raise antitrust concerns with the U.S. government.
Liberty Media has been seen as possible bidder for a minority stake in NBC Universal because of its history of taking minority stakes in big media companies.
Spokespeople for GE, Comcast and News Corp. were not available for comment. A spokeswoman for Liberty Media declined comment.