Morning Media Newsfeed: Tebow Joins GMA | EU Regulators Approve BSkyB Acquisitions

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Tim Tebow Joins Good Morning America as Contributor (TVNewser)
With football dominating much of the news this week, Good Morning America is adding another former NFL star to its roster. THR / The Live Feed Already ingrained in the Disney-ABC family as an ESPN analyst, Tim Tebow officially makes his debut on the current No. 1 morning talk show as the newest contributor on Sept. 15. HuffPost ABC News said that Tebow will help with the morning show’s “Motivate Me Monday” series, reporting from the studio and towns across the country on inspirational stories. The Sentinel Tebow’s first story will focus on 10-year-old Deven Jackson of Perry County, Pa. Two weeks ago, Jackson played in a midget football game, three years after losing both legs to a rare illness. Tebow spent the day with Jackson and his family at their home. Tebow also spoke to Jackson’s midget football team. The league is trying to raise $10,000 to purchase the proper equipment for Jackson. The Wire Tebow, 27, played college football at the University of Florida from 2007-2009, during which time he became the first underclassman to win the Heisman Trophy. Despite early success in the NFL with Denver Broncos, Tebow struggled in subsequent stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

EU Regulators Clear BSkyB’s $9 Billion German, Italian Pay-TV Deals (Reuters)
European Union antitrust regulators approved on Thursday British broadcaster BSkyB’s planned $9 billion takeover of Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, which will make it the biggest pay-TV provider in Europe. WSJ In a statement published Thursday, the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said that its investigation into the proposed acquisition showed that the scope of Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and BSkyB is focused on the countries they operate in — or where the local language is spoken — and have no major overlaps which could harm competition. THR Murdoch’s Fox and BSkyB, in which the entertainment conglomerate owns a 39 percent stake, recently finalized the deal that would give the British company control over the two other firms.‎ Fox said it would receive approximately $9.3 billion in value from BSkyB in the planned deal, comprised of approximately $8.6 billion in cash and a further holding in National Geographic Channels International, which will raise Fox’s stake in that business to 73 percent. Variety Further hurdles remain: completion of the transaction remains conditional upon, amongst other things, approval of the independent shareholders of BSkyB and the receipt of relevant outstanding regulatory approvals, BSkyB said. The merged entity, which some observers are calling Sky Europe, will have 20 million pay TV subscribers in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Potentially, Sky Europe will be able to reach up to 97 million households.

CBS Pulls Rihanna From Thursday Night Football Amid Ray Rice Scandal (HuffPost / AP)
The debut of CBS’ Thursday Night Football broadcast was revised because of controversy surrounding the video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. USA Today / For The Win The network cut an opening segment featuring Rihanna singing the Jay Z song “Run This Town” as well as a comedic segment that had been planned. Instead, it opened with James Brown introducing CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who did a quick recap of Thursday’s news relating to the investigation into the NFL’s handling of Rice’s case. “It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” McManus said Thursday afternoon. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.” CBS Sports When asked how much pressure CBS Sports received from the league regarding its handling of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, McManus said, “zero.”