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News Corp. Units Head to Abu Dhabi
Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 8, 2010, 1:10 P.M. ET | CHIP CUMMINS

Posted on 03/09/2010 11:56:36 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

ABU DHABI—News Corp.'s Fox International Channels said Monday it is basing the Middle East operations of its global online advertising network in Abu Dhabi and setting up an office here for its documentary-production arm.

Fox International said it would also move some broadcasting operations related to its Mideast channels from Hong Kong and other locations to Abu Dhabi.

The moves are the latest by a handful of large, international media outlets to establish footholds in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city-state, in an effort to diversify away from oil, has set out to lure a number of global industries, including chip-making, aviation and media.

Media companies, meanwhile, have recently shown fresh interest in the Mideast, attracted by the region's large and growing youth population, its strong economic-growth prospects and its relatively undeveloped media.

"The deal for us is a further step in a two-year-old program of building up our business in the Middle East," said David Haslingden, Fox International chief executive.

Fox International broadcasts a number of free-to-air channels and pay-television channels in the Mideast, including the National Geographic Channel and Fox Sports. Fox International said the moves will be in partnership with Abu Dhabi's twofour54, a government-controlled media entity.

The partnership comes after News Corp. last month said it would spend $70 million for a 9.1% stake in Arabic media giant Rotana Group, with an option to double that stake. Rotana is owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns 7% of News Corp.'s Class B voting shares.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billionaires; fox; foxnews; houseofsaud; middleeast; murdoch; newscorp; rotana; saudiarabia

1 posted on 03/09/2010 11:56:36 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: All
There are multiple threads from different sources which have somehow concluded that ALL OF the MURDOCH Newscorp are moving to the ME....
2 posted on 03/09/2010 11:58:30 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So long, Fox News. It was nice to know ye.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 12:02:18 PM PST by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Fox International said it would also move some broadcasting operations related to its Mideast channels from Hong Kong and other locations to Abu Dhabi.

No biggie...


4 posted on 03/09/2010 12:03:53 PM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: D_Idaho

How do you make that statement from the article contents?


5 posted on 03/09/2010 12:05:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GSP.FAN

Oh yes it is. Have you missed the big push to muzzie support on FOX?


6 posted on 03/09/2010 12:05:55 PM PST by dforest
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

A tax free exclusion zone is not just for merchandise anymore...


7 posted on 03/09/2010 12:06:05 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I figure this is Murdoch rattling his sword at the various taxing authorities here and in Europe. "Screw with me enough and I'll move the whole thing to Abu Dahbi."

I'm surprised more New York banks haven't done the same thing.


8 posted on 03/09/2010 12:06:05 PM PST by Nick Danger (Pin the fail on the donkey)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If you are going to operate in the middle east, Abu Dhabi is probably the best place to be based.


9 posted on 03/09/2010 12:07:25 PM PST by marron
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well that would be okay if FOX retained integrity. But low and behold, they are all in support of muzzies. They are even making their peeps come out against Geert.

This may be the beginning of the end for FOX. Good going FOX.


10 posted on 03/09/2010 12:09:29 PM PST by dforest
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All

GOOD FOR THEM! LESS $$ FOR HUSSEIN’S BUREAUCRATS!


11 posted on 03/09/2010 12:09:32 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump


12 posted on 03/09/2010 12:10:26 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: indylindy

I don’t watch TV...
So Rupert is moving some offices from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi whats the big deal ?


13 posted on 03/09/2010 12:10:37 PM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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Guess I used the wrong link...full article ..at the moment available here...sorry:

News Corp. Units Head to Abu Dhabi

14 posted on 03/09/2010 12:13:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It worries me to see so many freepers knee-jerk this story. If one isn’t willing to at least read 2-3 paragraphs of a posted piece- maybe it’s wise to not comment. Having done it myself and felt like an idiot later- I learned ;)

Now we have mass hysteria fueled by poorly written and headlined stories with countless people thinking by now that FOX is moving to the Middle East and men weeping and gnashing their teeth thinking of Julie Banderas in an hijab...


15 posted on 03/09/2010 12:14:38 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So much for Fox being fair and balanced on the War on Islam.


16 posted on 03/09/2010 12:17:26 PM PST by Dewey Revoltnow (Worst. Community. Organizer. Ever!)
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To: indylindy

“They are even making their peeps come out against Geert.”

Geert, who’s that?


17 posted on 03/09/2010 12:17:39 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Nick Danger
No ...it is the same article URL...

somehow going thru the FR Redirector ..changes what you get to see....

18 posted on 03/09/2010 12:18:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GSP.FAN

I would not consider it a big deal if I failed to notice that FOX is working against those who oppose the Muslim takeover of the world. All at once, mind you.

Money talks, fools walk.


19 posted on 03/09/2010 12:18:07 PM PST by dforest
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To: dalereed

duh


20 posted on 03/09/2010 12:18:40 PM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy

Ok, what is a Geert?


21 posted on 03/09/2010 12:20:30 PM PST by dalereed
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To: SE Mom

You need to pay attention to the slow FOX tease toward the embrace of Islam. It is very subtle, but it is there.


22 posted on 03/09/2010 12:20:40 PM PST by dforest
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To: SE Mom
ROFL....it really is an amazing thing to see...

I thought we were blessed at least on this site with most people reading very carefull any article posted....

Now granted the articles seem to be confused...particularly with their Headlines....

23 posted on 03/09/2010 12:21:19 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: D_Idaho

>> So long, Fox News. It was nice to know ye.

Yet we still buy ME oil. At least the revenue flow is reversed in this case.


24 posted on 03/09/2010 12:21:41 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: indylindy

I’ve seen/heard what you mean- but I’m not sensing a major shift. Sometimes I forget that Fox SAYS it’s fair and balanced- hence we get views we don’t always like.

The bit about Wilder though- that threw me- it was odd- normally their research is better.


25 posted on 03/09/2010 12:25:42 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: dalereed
Geert Wilders of Kitna fame....from the Netherlands....several threads about him...he has been over here..to Orange County where I heard him speak.

The Muslim Fanatics will Kill him if they can get past his bodyguards.

Try this thread for starters:

Geert Wilders: ‘Freedom Is Threatened in the Netherlands’ (Wilders on trial for warning about Islam)

26 posted on 03/09/2010 12:26:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: dalereed
Geert Wilders of Fitna fame...

See this:

The movie FITNA and beyond

27 posted on 03/09/2010 12:30:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: indylindy
Well that would be okay if FOX retained integrity. But low and behold, they are all in support of muzzies. They are even making their peeps come out against Geert.

Which peeps?

I watch FNC every day and I haven't seen it.

Yesterday with Jim Angle sitting in for Bret Baier, the story was covered in the news segment and again with the panel. Charles and Bill Kristol both spoke about Geert.

28 posted on 03/09/2010 12:37:34 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Nick Danger
Looking thru the Newscorp keyword list found this one...from Drudge:

MURDOCH WARNS: NATIONS WILL BE REDEFINED, FUTURES ALTERED

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Media baron Rupert Murdoch issued an urgent internal communication late Monday, warning his staff: "We are in the midst of a phase of history in which nations will be redefined and their futures fundamentally altered."

29 posted on 03/09/2010 12:44:15 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: indylindy

Notice that the move affects Fox’s international/middle eastern broadcasting assets. I don’t see the leap that connects this to the downfall of our domestic Fox News content.


30 posted on 03/09/2010 2:00:23 PM PST by Floratina
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