Murdoch’s Bid for Time Warner Rebuffed… for now.

Do You Need Money? advert, 1954, Digital Comics Museum

Sad Rupert MurdochMurdoch wants to own things, all the things!

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of 21st Century Fox (Fox News) has already had an offer rebuffed once to buy Time Warner, which owns popular channels TBS, TNT, CN and HBO. But he’s regrouping to try again. This move would make a mega-corp, in competition with Comcast, which is already in the middle of a much-contested and discussed merger with Time Warner Cable. The Warner Brothers movie studio would also be part of the deal, and would give Murdoch bargaining power with providers like Comcast if it goes through.

Murdoch’s plan, according to those in the know, is that he wants to have a megacorp to pass on to his family before he steps down. That means new blood.

But what about Marvel Movies!?

Sorry fans, this means all of nothing to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is owned by Disney. The Fantastic Four will not return to the family fold. Nor does this do anything for Spider-Man, still owned by Sony for the time being.

However, 21st Century Fox owns the dreaded Fox network — scourging axe of cancellation dropped on a lot of geeky media. Would this mean HBO, owned by Time Warner, would have to fall in line under that same cruel dangle-and-snatch policy? Only time will tell. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see if Time Warner continues to rebuff Murdoch’s offers.

Jamie Kingston

Jamie Kingston

Jamie Kingston is a Native New Yorker, enduring a transplant to Atlanta. She’s a lifelong comic fan, having started at age 13 and never looked back, developing a decades-spanning collection and the need to call out the creators when she expects better of them. Her devotion extends to television, films, and books as well as the rare cosplay. She sates her need to create in a number of ways including being an active editor on the TV Tropes website, creating art and fan art, and working on her randomly updating autobiographical web comic, Orchid Coloured Glasses. As a woman of color, she considers it important to focus on diversity issues in the media. She received the Harpy Agenda micro-grant in November of 2015 for exceptional comics journalism by a writer of color.