Feeds

BSkyB eyes up Uncle Rupert's telly channels in Germany and Italy

Brit broadcaster sits down with media mogul Murdoch to plot Euro, nay, world invasion

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Rupert Murdoch is locked in talks with BSkyB to discuss the British pay-TV firm's "potential acquisition" of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia – both assets of his broadcasting empire, 21st Century Fox.

The media baron's Fox, which also owns 39 per cent of BSkyB, confirmed this morning that it's discussing the future of its majority-owned Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia outfits.

Murdoch's multinational issued a terse statement in which it said:

Over the years we've had numerous internal discussions regarding the organisational and ownership structure of the European Sky-branded satellite platforms. From time to time these conversations have included BSkyB, however no agreement between the parties has ever been reached.

BSkyB, meanwhile, offered bolder comment about the confabs, by stating that it was hoping to build "a world-class multinational pay TV group."

It added: "These discussions have not progressed beyond a preliminary stage, no agreement has been reached on terms, value or transaction structure and there is no certainty that a transaction will occur."

According to secret squirrels whispering to Bloomberg, which first reported the talks on Friday, such a takeover would be valued at around €10bn (£8bn, $14bn).

In 2011, Murdoch withdrew his attempt to take full control of BSkyB, following public and Parliamentary pressure linked to damaging phone hacking allegations swamping the media mogul at the time.

But the latest talks could be scuppered by UK communications watchdog Ofcom, which might oppose any such deal due to media plurality concerns, The Telegraph reported. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.