Sarah Ellison of The Wall Street Journal reports Wednesday afternoon that a preliminary count of proxies sent in for the Dow Jones & Co. shareholders meeting Thursday shows that a majority have voted in favor to sell the company to News Corp.
Ellison wrote, “The shareholder vote will officially end more than a century of Bancroft family ownership at Dow Jones. Spokeswomen for Dow Jones and News Corp. declined comment.
“As of the deal’s announcement Aug. 1, News Corp.’s offer for Dow Jones had received support from Bancroft family members holding 37.4% of Dow Jones’s voting power, more than half of the Bancroft family’s total voting stake of 64.2%. It is unclear how many more members of the Bancroft family have thrown their support behind the deal.”
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