Disney drops 'Fox' name from 20th Century film studio

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  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2020


NEW YORK/Kuala Lumpur: In a move totally not expected but not as a big surprise, Disney will rename 20th Century Fox to distance its legendary film studio from the assets of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, US media reported on Saturday (Jan 18).

The entertainment conglomerate last year acquired most of the assets of 21st Century Fox group, including the film house, while former owner Murdoch and his shareholders kept several TV channels, including Fox News.

Variety magazine reported that the entertainment giant decided to rename its subsidiary to remove all links with Fox due to the ultra-conservative image of Murdoch and his Fox News channel -- the preferred news source of President Donald Trump.

Murdoch still owns the Fox broadcast network, Fox News and a chain of 28 local Fox television stations, among other media assets.

His new company is called Fox Corporation, and one of his sons, Lachlan Murdoch, is chief executive. (The old company was called 21st Century Fox.)

Disney's decision is a symbolic step for one of Hollywood's founding studios, which began production in 1914 and merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935.

The Fox Searchlight studio, 20th Century Fox's younger sibling, will also be rebranded as Searchlight Pictures.

Disney has yet to decide on the fate of television studios 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television, according to Variety.

Disney did not respond to the media's request for comment on the matter.

In South-East Asian countries, Fox is one of the leading television channels in the pay-per-view section. Even in Malaysia, Malaysia's biggest pay-per-view channel - Astro Malaysia - Fox Television units and its three sports channel - are very popular with Malaysians. - AFP/Asian News Network
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