John Wiley and Sons Inc. announced a strategic partnership with PwC’s Academy Middle East, the talent and skills development business of PwC Middle East, to provide virtual Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam preparation in the Middle East region, including UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon and Qatar. This partnership will address the need to continually upskill, especially as the world contends with the economic impact of COVID-19. PwC Middle East’s 23rd Annual CEO Survey shows that 80% of CEOs consider a shortage of skills in the workforce a potential threat to their organization’s growth prospects, while 70% of CEOs recognize that they must maximize the potential of existing staff through upskilling programs. The global pandemic has highlighted the need for resilience in today’s workforce and accelerated transformation that was already underway. This shift presents a critical opportunity for workers to utilize this time to upskill and reskill, with 96% of adults believe that learning new skills and retraining will improve their future employability, according to PwC’s 2020 New World New Skills survey.
Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) announced today that its pending acquisitions by Gray Television Inc. and IAC’s Dotdash Media Inc. received key regulatory approvals.
First, the Federal Communications Commission has approved Gray’s acquisition of Meredith Corp., and Meredith will now seek the transaction’s approval at a November 30, 2021, special shareholder meeting. Immediately prior to the Gray acquisition, Meredith will spin its digital, magazine, MNI, PEOPLE TV, and corporate operations out to shareholders as a new company, Meredith Holdings Corp., that Dotdash has agreed to acquire.
Additionally, Meredith announced the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976 for Meredith Holdings’ acquisition by Dotdash expired on November 12, 2021.
Meredith continues to expect both transactions to close on December 1, 2021, subject to shareholder approval of Gray’s acquisition, and subject to the satisfaction of the other terms and conditions of the merger with Gray, as well as the spin-off of Meredith Holdings and its merger with Dotdash.