[Ed. – Very interesting what Fox wants to keep together: news and sports. With the junior Murdochs in charge now, we can’t be certain which way this would go. It could be a colossal error, with the vision of driving both properties to the political left. But it’s clearly about separating the financial fortunes of Fox News — the most successful cable news brand — and the still-popular Fox Sports from the feature movies, scripted series, etc. side of the business. (Today the big money pits.) In that sense, this would be a major move in the dam-breaking of the consolidated media model, now imploding with the help of the NFL meltdown.]
21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Co., leaving behind a media company tightly focused on news and sports, according to people familiar with the situation.
The talks have taken place over the last few weeks and there is no certainty they will lead to a deal. The two sides are not currently talking at this very moment, but given the on again, off again nature of the talks, they could be revisited.
For Fox, the willingness to engage in sale talks with Disney stems from a growing belief among its senior management that scale in media is of immediate importance and there is not a path to gain that scale in entertainment through acquisition. The company is said to believe that a more tightly focused group of properties around news and sports could compete more effectively in the current marketplace.