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Rupert Murdoch gets Dow Jones

Rupert Murdoch has succeeded with his $5 billion (£2.5 billion) bid for Dow Jones, owners of the Wall Street Journal, according to a report in The Business. 

Negotiations are finished and the board is confident the terms of the deal will be accepted by the Bancroft family, which controls a majority of voting shares in Dow Jones, the Business reported, citing people close to the Dow Jones board. A formal announcement of the deal is expected next week, The Business reported.

Murdoch's News Corporation will take over America's most prestigious financial publisher at the price he originally offered on April 17, when he proposed $60 a share, the magazine said. Murdoch has been in negotiations aimed at winning the support of the Bancroft family and diffusing any opposition to the takover by journalists at the Wall Street Journal. News Corp has it plans to invest in the Journal's headquarters in New York and expanding its operations in India and China.

The chances of Murdoch's bid succeeding jumped after Pearson and General Electric decided against making a rival offer and no other bidders emerged. (telegraph.co.uk)