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Shareholders approve Liberty Media F1 takeover-related proposals

Chairman of Liberty Media John Malone attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo
Chairman of Liberty Media John Malone attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo

(Reuters) - Liberty Media Corp said its shareholders voted to approve funding and changes related to the takeover of Formula One (F1) racing car series.

Liberty Media had proposed to issue new shares to fund the acquisition of the glamour sport and rename its media group to "Formula 1 Group." Both were approved at Tuesday's special shareholder meeting, Liberty said in a statement.

The company controlled by U.S. cable mogul John Malone took control of the cash-generating sport in September in a deal valued at $8 billion, ending a long-running saga surrounding the sport's ownership and potential flotation.

The company said in December it would raise $1.55 billion for the takeover through investors, including Coatue Management LLC, D. E. Shaw, and Jana Partners, that had committed to a financing through a subscription for Liberty's Series C common stock.

F1's acquisition, expected to close before the end of the first quarter in 2017, still needs approval from the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, F1's governing body.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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