New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA – December 6, 2022 – The Special Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Special Committee”) of Fox Corporation (“FOX” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FOX, FOXA) formed to explore a potential combination with News Corporation (the “Potential Transaction”) following receipt of letters from K. Rupert Murdoch and the Murdoch Family Trust provided an update on the process in response to recent inquiries. The Special Committee is composed solely of independent directors not affiliated with the Murdoch family – Jacques A Nasser, Roland A Hernandez, Anne Dias, Paul D Ryan, and William A Burck, with Mr. Nasser, the Company’s Lead Independent Director, serving as chair.
The Special Committee has been delegated full authority to evaluate the Potential Transaction. The letters indicated that Mr. Murdoch and the Murdoch Family Trust will not vote in favor of a transaction unless it is both recommended by the Special Committee and approved by a majority vote of the shares held by non-affiliated stockholders entitled to vote.
The Special Committee is in the process of thoroughly reviewing the Potential Transaction and has retained independent advisors consisting of J.P. Morgan as its financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as its legal advisor. It has made no determination with respect to a combination at this stage, and there can be no certainty that the Company will engage in such a transaction.
The Special Committee is squarely focused on its fiduciary duties to the FOX shareholders.
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About Fox Corporation
Fox Corporation produces and distributes compelling news, sports, and entertainment content through its primary iconic domestic brands, including FOX News Media, FOX Sports, FOX Entertainment and FOX Television Stations, and leading AVOD service Tubi. These brands hold cultural significance with consumers and commercial importance for distributors and advertisers. The breadth and depth of our footprint allows us to deliver content that engages and informs audiences, develop deeper consumer relationships, and create more compelling product offerings. FOX maintains an impressive track record of news, sports, and entertainment industry success that shapes our strategy to capitalize on existing strengths and invest in new initiatives. For more information about Fox Corporation, please visit www.FoxCorporation.com.