TEXT OF STORY
SCOTT JAGOW: The man who owns Fox News and MySpace also wants to own the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday, Rupert Murdoch made a surprise $5-billion bid for Dow Jones, the company that owns the venerable newspaper.
But Dow Jones controlling shareholders said they would block the deal. Joe Bonner is a securities analyst with Argus Research. He takes a stab at Murdoch’s motives:
JOE BONNER:Well I think it’s probably tied in to the launch of their financial news network later on this year. I would say that would be the strategic purpose behind it.
They could probably take those brand names — The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones are both highly reputable brand names in the financial news area — (and) I guess we might be looking at a Wall Street Journal channel.
SCOOT JAGOW: Murdoch’s bid sent shares of Dow Jones up 54 percent — and that gave Wall Street a lift.
As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.
Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.
Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.