GE/Dow Jones Spin Out?

One of the questions that came up in yesterday’s News/GE/Dow Jones discussion was the spin out of GE’s non-core media properties.

Here’s a short list of holdings that could fit into the NBC Universal spinout:

NBC Network

NBC Universal-Television-Group (Television production and syndication)

Cable Networks:  CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Sci-Fi Channel, USA Network, etc

• NBC Local Affiliates (full list here)

Universal Pictures

Universal Studio Theme Parks

Now add to that list the full run down of Dow Jones properties: WSJ, Barron’s Marketwatch.com, Dow Jones News Wires, Factiva.

That’s a rather compelling stand alone media conglomerate freed from the conflicts and obligations of a industrial parent company . . .

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  1. Philippe commented on May 2

    Interesting conjugation ” break up of a conglomerate and the buying spree of Mr Rupper Murdock”, they both drive memory of the year 1987 when interest rates climbing up conglomerates were no longer the safe pattern of businesses and the streaming by expertise the mantra.The media’s group’s treasury thinning at a alarming point (Mr Murdock has forgotten?)

  2. Philippe commented on May 2

    Interesting conjugation ” break up of a conglomerate and the buying spree of Mr Rupper Murdock”, they both drive memory of the year 1987 when interest rates climbing up conglomerates were no longer the safe pattern of businesses and the streaming by expertise the mantra.The media’s group’s treasury thinning at a alarming point (Mr Murdock has forgotten?)

  3. Winston Munn commented on May 2

    Odd, but this country used to have laws against centralized media ownership and control – I guess if you are rich enough, anything is for sale – even a country and its laws.

  4. The Big Picture commented on May 7

    Barron’s Yahoo?

    I hadn’t really noticed this prior, but some of the subscription only Barron’s columns are showing up in Yahoo! Finance. The two columns I mentioned over the weekend — Up Down Wall Street’s Bubble 2.0 , andThe Trader column’s Even the Bulls Aren’t So …

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