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It's about time. Finally, Rupert Murdoch
makes the bid, a $60-a-share bid for
. About 10 years ago, Murdoch called me in and said he wanted to buy Dow Jones. He felt that franchise couldn't be independent much longer, and he wasn't going to let anyone buy it.
He wanted to know -- because I had bought a 4% stake to try to force changes -- whether he could approach board members and try to take the company over. The stock was in the low $40s then. I suggested he pay $73. (This is all in
Confessions of a Street Addict
, by the way.) I also reminded him that the family still controlled it, and they would never sell.
The stock has been a dog ever since. Mind you, this is more than 10 years ago! So the $60-a-share bid is a good opener. Of course, the initial reaction from the family may be a simple no, and they don't have to sell.
But given the incredible underperformance and the possibility of it being
, maybe this time it will happen.
This time, it is needed: With Dow Jones,
has a ready-made business team to give its business channel the talent and the data it needs. It comes on the heels of Dow Jones doing its Web thing, with Interactive and
going it alone.
Murdoch never got back to me about his bid 10 years ago.
Looks like his patience has been rewarded. The market was about half of where it is now, and the stock is down.
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